Approximately 6 weeks after surgery you will need an x-ray of your cervical or lumbar spine. This x-ray will show if your fusion has healed. If you are wearing a collar or brace, the doctor will tell you if it may be removed.
After surgery we recommend that you slowly increase your activity. However, you should not lift/push/pull heavy objects. Do not do any activity that causes stress or strain on your neck or back.
You may wash your incision(s) 2 days after your surgery. Schedule staple removal:
- 7-10 days after surgery for cervical corpectomy fusions
- 7-10 days after surgery for craniotomy
- 12-14 days after surgery for lumbar surgeries
Call our office if:
- fluid drains from the wound
- there is more swelling
- there is a severe amount of redness
Plan on spending several days in the hospital. During this time, you will be monitored and receive physical therapy. There will be drains in your back that remove excess fluid at the surgical site. When the drains are removed, most patients are ready to go home or another recovery facility.