Post-operative Care


  • Follow Medical Advice:
    Adhere to the post-operative care instructions provided by your healthcare team.
  • Take Medications as Prescribed:
    Follow the prescribed medication schedule, including pain medications and antibiotics.
  • Monitor for Complications:
    Watch for signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or discharge at the surgical site.
  • Stay Hydrated and Maintain a Healthy Diet:
    Consume adequate fluids and a well-balanced diet to support healing.
  • Gradual Increase in Activity:
    Gradually resume normal activities as advised by your healthcare provider.
  • Attend Follow-up Appointments:
    Attend all scheduled post-operative appointments for monitoring and assessment.
  • Communicate with the Healthcare Team:
    Report any unexpected symptoms or concerns to your healthcare provider promptly.


  • Avoid Heavy Lifting:
    Refrain from heavy lifting or strenuous activities until cleared by your healthcare provider.
  • Limit Physical Strain:
    Avoid activities that strain the surgical area or cause discomfort.
  • Don’t Skip Medications:
    Stick to the prescribed medication regimen; do not skip doses without consulting your healthcare provider.
  • Avoid Smoking and Alcohol:
    Smoking and excessive alcohol can hinder the healing process; try to avoid them during recovery.
  • Don’t Ignore Signs of Complications:
    If you experience unusual pain, fever, or any signs of infection, seek medical attention promptly.

Drains, Catheters, and Monitoring Equipment

  • Follow Care Instructions:
    If you have drains or catheters, follow the specific care instructions provided by your healthcare team.
  • Monitor Output:
    Keep track of drain or catheter output and report any significant changes to your healthcare provider.
  • Maintain Hygiene:
    Keep the area around drains or catheters clean to prevent infection.
  • Ask Questions:
    If you are unsure about the purpose or care of any monitoring equipment, don’t hesitate to ask your healthcare team.

High Dependency/Intensive Care:

  • Recovery in a Monitored Setting:
    If your surgery requires high dependency or intensive care, expect close monitoring of vital signs and specialised care.
  • Follow Team’s Recommendations:
    Adhere to the recommendations of the healthcare professionals in the high-dependency or intensive care unit.

Wound Care

  • Follow Wound Care Instructions:
    Adhere to the specific wound care instructions provided by your healthcare team.
  • Keep the Area Clean:
    Keep the surgical site clean and dry; follow any guidelines for dressing changes.
  • Watch for Signs of Infection:
    Monitor for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or unusual discharge.

Post-operative Rehabilitation

  • Physical Therapy:
    If prescribed, participate in physical therapy to aid in the recovery of mobility and function.
  • Gradual Increase in Activity:
    Gradually increase physical activity levels as advised by your healthcare provider.

Return to Work

  • Consult with Your Employer:
    Communicate with your employer about a gradual return to work, considering any physical limitations.
  • Follow Recommendations:
    Adhere to any restrictions or recommendations provided by your healthcare team.

Return to Sports

  • Gradual Resumption:
    Return to sports or strenuous activities gradually, following clearance from your healthcare provider.
  • Listen to Your Body:
    Pay attention to your body’s signals and avoid pushing yourself too hard too soon.

Taking Care of Your Spine in the Longer Term

  • Maintain Good Posture:
    Practice good posture to alleviate stress on your spine.
  • Regular Exercise:
    As recommended by your healthcare provider, engage in regular exercises to strengthen your back and core muscles.
  • Follow-up Imaging:
    Attend any scheduled follow-up imaging or appointments to monitor the long-term health of your spine.
  • Avoid Excessive Strain:
    Be mindful of activities that may strain your spine excessively, and take precautions to prevent injury.

Always consult your healthcare provider for personalised advice, as individual recovery varies based on the surgery type and overall health.

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