When you are going to have surgery, many concerns may be on your mind, but by making a few preparations in advance, it can leave you free to focus on just getting well. A good place to begin is by arranging transportation home from your procedure. You won’t be able to drive home due to the medications and anesthesia that will be administered, although you will be able to ride in a car. If you need to travel for more than an hour, be sure to stop frequently to stand, stretch and walk. This can help you avoid pain from sitting too long.
Although you’ll be able to walk after surgery, you may need to arrange for someone to stay or at least drop in to assist you for a few days after returning home. This can be a big help with activities like shopping, laundry, cleaning, washing and dressing.
Next, consider any adjustments that may make your time at home easier and more comfortable. Consider the items you’ll want to use and place them at a height that won’t require bending to reach them. Some items to think about may include:
- Your phone and charger
- Clothing and Shoes
- Food and Cooking Utensils
Additionally, examine throw rugs or any items that present a risk for tripping and temporarily remove them. Look around and think ahead about ways to make your home comfortably accessible.
It is vital to evaluate your health status in order to ensure that you’re healthy enough to go safely through your surgery. Therefore, your spine surgeon may ask you to visit your medical doctor prior to surgery to obtain a clearance. After your surgery, you should return to your medical doctor to evaluate your health and current medications.
Make sure to create a list of the current medications, pain relievers, vitamins, and supplements that you take and present it to your spine surgeon. He will be advising you which of these should be stopped prior to your surgery, and the timeframes for doing so. As some may be required to be stopped for a week or more prior to your procedure, make sure you have written instructions to review, especially if you are taking a number of prescriptions.
Finally, plan clothing which is soft, loose, and comfortable, and flat shoes with a closed back to wear after your procedure. In addition, remember to leave your jewelry and valuables safe at home.
If you are preparing for surgery on your back and would like more information, please call or visit Spine & Orthopedic Center today. Our doctors can advise you on an appropriate care and treatment plan to put you on the road to recovery.