What is the Recovery Like After Far Lateral Interbody Fusion?
Dr. Braxton provides comprehensive patient education and realistic expectations for patients as well as careful monitoring during the recovery period. Typically, patients remain in the hospital three to five days. Pain management continues both in the hospital and at home. A physical therapy walking program begins the day after surgery. Comfort with standing, sitting, walking, climbing stairs, and getting in and out of bed begins during the recovery process.
It is important the patient attend all postoperative office visits for Dr. Braxton to monitor progress. Pain medication will gradually be reduced and anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended to ameliorate normal postoperative inflammation. Muscle relaxants may also be prescribed if muscle spasms occur around the surgical site. It is recommended that use of nicotine be avoided as it interferes with medications along with other drawbacks. Patient should be cognizant of the rate of healing for impacted nerves. A fully healed nerve can require weeks to months to resolve. Physical activity must be gradual beginning with small walks and increasing as tolerated. Extreme motion should be avoided, including twisting, lifting and bending, as well as vigorous household chores and activities during the initial recovery period. Good health habits of sleep, nutrition and hygiene help facilitate a quicker recovery. Dr. Braxton can answer all patient questions during the recovery process, including when to return to driving and work.