Day 1 (at home): Walk 1 block in the morning and 1 block in the afternoon/evening.
After Day 1: Increase your distance 1 block per day as long as it is comfortable. You should be walking 1-2 miles per day when you return for your next visit.
NOTE: If you need to lift or pick up an object (less than 5 pounds) from the floor, squat with your knees bent; do not bend at the waist.
Your return to work will depend on your recovery and the type of work you do. You must discuss this with your doctor before you return to work
Caring for your incision at home is important to prevent infection. Please follow the steps below on incision care:
You may have an occasional increase in the low back, leg pain and/or numbness after surgery during the healing phase. This is normal and is caused by inflammation (or swelling) of tissue in your low back. To reduce the pain, there are several approaches to try:
If you need a refill on your pain medicine, call your surgeon's office, (703) 810-5202, Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm. Please call before you have only 1 or 2 tablets and be ready to give the name and phone number of the pharmacy where you want the prescription filled.
Eventually you should no longer need to use the pain medicine. Narcotic pain medicine often causes constipation. Eat plenty of foods with roughage (bran, oat, fruit, applesauce) and drink a lot of fluids, especially prune juice to prevent constipation.
1st post operative appointment: This usually occurs 1 to 2 weeks after your surgery date. Call Dr. Mazahery's office when you are discharged from the hospital to schedule your post operative appointment. 703-810-5202
Dr. Mazahery's office: (703) 810-5202, Monday through Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
For emergencies on nights and weekends, call (703) 810-5202 and have the on call provider paged. You need to leave your number so the doctor can call you back shortly.