Recovering from Spine Surgery: First Weeks at Home
On the day you leave the hospital you will be very excited about going home. At the same time, you will still be sore and tired. It will take time before you feel like your old self again.
Depending on the type of surgery and how many surgeries you had, you may need between one to three weeks to feel strong. Your doctor and nurse can give you an idea of how long you should plan on staying at home before returning to your activities.
Take it Easy
Take it easy and do not do too much. Leaving the hospital to go home you will realize that it will take a few more days until you feel better. Your typical day home would include showering, eating your meals with your family, and taking some short walks around the house and outside. Be sure someone is with you for each of these activities.
You will also need to rest and take some naps. Each day you should spend a little more time up and being active. You should not do any heavy lifting or return to any sports activities during this time.
Your doctor and nurse will give you further details about the first weeks at home. Remember to follow their instructions carefully. If you do too much too soon, you will not feel well and may harm your surgery.
Most kids need another two to four weeks out of school before returning to the classroom. You will be able to begin home tutoring after a couple of days home from the hospital. The teacher will come to your house for just a few hours per week and it will feel good to start to do the normal things again.
Have Friends Visit
After a few days at home, you will be able to have your friends come over to watch television or just catch up. It will be good to get back in some of the regular activities.
Running around with your friends unsupervised is generally discouraged until you are fully recovered and your strength has returned.
The Right Time
Once again, your doctor and nurse will help you and your parents decide when it's the right time for you to return to your normal activities.