Post Op - Kyphoplasty
POST OP INSTRUCTIONS
You have recently undergone surgery to cement and stabilize your fracture. The following instructions are to guide you through your post-operative period including wound care, diet, and activity restrictions, medications, follow-up and reasons to call your doctor.
The incision is covered with a sterile dressing. Please remove the dressing 2 days after surgery and leave the incision open to the air. You may shower after surgery, but do not take a tub bath and keep the incision as dry as possible. Do not rub ointment or lotion on the incision.
You may resume the diet which you followed prior to surgery.
- No driving an automobile for 2 weeks after surgery.
- No lifting of anything greater than 5 pounds (approx. wt of a gallon of milk) for 3 weeks.
- No bending, twisting, or excessive turning of the back for 3 weeks.
- Gradually increase your activities at home. Walking is strongly encouraged and should be advanced every day. Walking up and down stairs is fine.
- You may return to work light duty in 2-3 weeks.
You may resume all of your previously prescribed medications. You will be given a prescription for pain medication that is to be taken as directed.
You will be given a Neurosurgery clinic appointment for approximately 10-14 days after surgery prior to your discharge from the hospital. If this date is not convenient for you, please notify the ward secretary prior to your discharge.
Reasons To Call Your Doctor
- Any redness, swelling, or drainage from the incision.
- Fever higher than 101 degrees.
- Pain, numbness, or weakness which was not present before surgery.
If routine question and/or during business hours, please call 320-763-8888.
If emergency and after hours, please go your nearest emergency room.