You have recently undergone a surgical procedure to your spine,
and we are optimistic that you will have a speedy recovery.
During the initial one or two weeks following your surgery and at times a bit longer, expect to experience some pain and especially a feeling of general fatigue. Occasional use of medications for pain control will be necessary. If you find you are experiencing an unusual amount of pain/fever or if any other questions arise, please do not hesitate to call my office during the day.
If an emergency develops and you need to reach me on the weekends or after office hours, you may call (401) 632-4150 and leave a message with the answering service, and they will page me or the doctor that is on call. Below are some care instructions you can follow at home to help you feel better.
– Arrange your household to keep the items you need within reach.
– Remove electrical cords, throw rugs, and anything else that may cause you to fall.
– Do not lift anything heavier than ten pounds for the first two weeks after surgery.
– Going up and down stairs is good for you, so do this as much as possible.
Do not sit for more than 30-45 minutes at a time. Take frequent short walks. These are key to your recovery. Do not drive until your doctor tells you that it is okay.
– Never drive while taking narcotic medication.