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This is a major operation and you need to give your body time to heal. However, you should not be completely inactive after this operation. It is important to be out of bed and ambulating to reduce the risk of secondary medical issues. Below is a list of activities you should follow.
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.
Narcotic pain medication causes constipation. Eat plenty of foods with roughage (bran, oat, fruit, applesauce) and drink a lot of fluids, especially prune juice to prevent constipation. You can also take over the counter stool softeners such as Colace.
You will be sent home from the hospital with a prescription for pain medication. You may need one additional refill of pain medication post operatively, but then we anticipate you will be able to discontinue the narcotic medications.
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
1st post operative appointment: This usually occurs 1 to 2 weeks after your surgery date. Call Dr. Mazahery’s office to confirm the date and time of your post operative appointment at 703-810-5202
Dr. Mazahery’s office 703-810-5202, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
For emergencies on nights and weekends, please call 703-810-5202 and have the on call provider paged. You will need to leave your number and the doctor will call you back shortly.