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Discharge Advice After Surgery

Discharge instructions after spine surgery

Congratulations! You are ready for discharge.
Please read below for your instructions.
Remember your spine precautions
  • No Bending or twisting
  • No Driving
  • No Heavy Lifting
  • No Pulling/Pushing
  • No Sitting for long periods
What you can do
  • Avoid complete bed rest, this will slow your recovery
  • Sit only for eating and toilets in the first week
  • Walk in your room or house frequently after discharge
  • Walk outside house with company after 2 – 3 weeks
  • Eat normal diet
Your incision may have dissolvable sutures or removable sutures or staples. If you have:
  • Dissolvable sutures – You don’t need to do anything but let it open to air after 14 days or if the would is healed well.
  • Removable sutures or staples – They will be removed during your follow-up visit on the 10th or 14th day
If your incision is covered with gauze: Keep it covered until 10 – 14 days after your surgery. After discharge, it needs changing alternate days and your family member can do. Once the sutures are removed then you may leave it open to air if completely dry after a doctor or nurse has confirmed.
Pain killer prescription will be given at the time of discharge. In most cases, 1-2 tablets taken every 6-8 hourly are sufficient for relief. Most patients need this only for the first two weeks following surgery. You should reduce or discontinue this medication as pain decreases. Do not take self prescribed medication from the pharmacy.
Pain medicines and anesthesia can cause constipation. If you experience constipation you can try any or all of the following: gentle physical activity, drinking plenty of fluids, Taking stool softeners or laxative medication, normal diet with more fibre, fruits and vegetables etc. Avoid getting constipation and ask for help. It will improve over time.
  • You may shower 10-14 days after your surgery, let water run on incision and pat dry.
  • Do not apply lotion or soap to incision
Follow up visit
Your first post-operative visit will be for a wound evaluation and to further discuss post-operative care and instructions. If you have sutures to remove you will be seen between the 7-14th days of discharge. A home visit nurse whom we can send or your local doctor can do this. After this appointment Dr.Balamurali will see you for follow-up at 4-6 weeks following surgery. Further advice on physiotherapy and life style will be discussed then.
Notify your surgeon
If you have:
  • Fever, chills or night sweats,
  • Persistent drainage from your incision either clear or bloody
  • Opening of your incision
  • New onset pain or weakness
  • Sudden loss of bowel or bladder function
  • Anything very unusual
Call our hospital helpline or emergency number.
+044 40006000 (24 hrs) or +91 8754456711 / +91 7823977055 (9.00 am – 6.00 pm)