The outcome of your spine surgery depends as much on you as the spine surgeon. Your spine surgeon will provide a comprehensive set of aftercare and recovery guidelines to ensure a smooth recovery process. Dr. Behnam Salari performs minimally invasive spine surgeries using cutting-edge technologies and techniques, ensuring optimal results with minimal downtime. But you must follow his instructions to the letter to ensure optimal results and recovery without unwanted complications.

Aftercare Guidelines for Your Spine Surgery:

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  • Take pain medications according to your surgeon’s recommendation
  • Take pain medications when you start experiencing discomfort — don’t wait for severe pain
  • Take all prescribed medications and antibiotics to prevent infections
  • Eat balanced and nutritious meals
  • Take iron or vitamin supplements with your meals to improve recovery
  • Drink lots of water and fluids
  • Don’t smoke until your recovery is complete
  • Don’t consume excessive alcohol
  • Use lumbar support while sitting
  • Ensure you maintain proper spinal posture while sitting or standing
  • Don’t make sudden twisting and bending motions
  • Increase your range of motion gradually as you become more comfortable
  • Consult your doctor whenever you think of increasing your movements or activities
  • Don’t lift, push, or pull objects heavier than 5 pounds
  • If you experience persistent constipation, take laxatives within 2 days
  • Don’t enter a bathtub or swimming pool until your incision marks have healed completely
  • Consult your doctor if you decide to start swimming and bathing in a tub
  • Don’t engage in sexual activities for the first few days after your surgery
  • Be extremely careful and mindful while engaging in sexual activities — stop if something feels painful and uncomfortable
  • Avoid strenuous activities for at least 6 weeks after the surgery
  • Walk regularly for the first 6 weeks to improve recovery and blood circulation
  • Be regular with your exercises if you’ve been enrolled in a physical therapy program
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Report the Following Symptoms to Your Surgeon:

  • Shaking chills
  • Fever exceeding 100°F
  • Red streaks in the legs
  • Severe pain and swelling

Contact Dr. Salari for Spine Surgery

Dr. Behnam Salari is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with advanced fellowship training in minimally invasive spine surgery. He only recommends spine surgery if you’ve undergone conservative treatments without success. Furthermore, he curates personalized, minimally invasive treatment plans that address the root cause of your spinal problems while minimizing downtime.

If you have any other questions or concerns about your post-treatment recovery and aftercare, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Salari at our state-of-the-art offices in Morristown, Hackettstown, Sparta, or Randolph in New Jersey.

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