Most of your pain will last three to five days after surgery while inflammation subsides. Wound healing takes two weeks. It may take up to a year for you to feel all benefits of surgery.
Here is the list of DOs and DON’Ts you should know for postoperative period:
- Stay active, walk regularly to improve your muscle strength and balance and also to prevent blood clots and other complications of inactivity
- It is okay to take shower on day 5 after surgery. Avoid the spray hitting the incision.
- While taking shower, cover incision with impermeable dressing and change it after the shower; keep incision open to air if no drainage.
- Watch for signs of infection including body temperature higher than 101, local redness or drainage. Call our office if develop any of those signs.
- Leave incision open to air if there is no drainage.
- It is okay to take Tylenol for pain – do not exceed 3 grams a day to avoid liver damage.
- Minimize use of narcotic medications (Hydrocodone, Oxycodone etc.) as soon as possible, since they lead to drowsiness, confusion, constipation and are addictive.
- Remember: “NO BLT!!” for 3 months (no bending, no lifting anything heavier than 5 Lb, no twisting); excessive activity may lead to recurrence of disc herniation.
- Do not submerge incision in water until 2 days after removal of staples or 2 weeks after surgery if internal sutures were used.
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while on pain medications.
How to reach us:
During office hours (8am-5pm): 806-744-7223 ext. 42740
After hours: calling center 806-744-7223, ask to talk to Dr.Nesterenko