What is the Recovery After PLIF Surgery?
Dr. Braxton works closely with post-surgical patients for an optimal recovery. Immediate recovery includes pain management, restored basic functioning and the beginning of prescribed motion. The day after surgery a light walking program may be introduced and patients are taught how to sit, stand, lie down and get up safely. Patients benefit from at-home assistance initially as they regain motion and ability to perform normal daily activities. Pain management should continue as needed. Modified and limited activity should be monitored carefully ensuring no bending, lifting and twisting.
Practice of healthy habits such as adequate sleep, rest, nutrition, avoiding alcohol and nicotine and any activity that is too much, too soon, are important. Some patients may be prescribed to wear a brace; Dr. Braxton will recommend the duration. Driving can tax the back and should be avoided until full recovery. Returning to work will be determined by the progress and should include light duty initially. Attending all post-surgical appointments with Dr. Braxton helps to ensure an optimal recovery and a return to preferred activities and lifestyle as quickly as possible.