There is a rapid increase in spine surgery across the globe. Aging, improper body mechanics, trauma, and abnormalities in the structure of the body can cause injury in the spine leading to back pain and other symptoms like leg weakness, and leg pain.
If the back pain lasts for long then you need to consult health professionals to diagnose and treat the problem. Before opting for the surgery, meet some people who specialize in spine surgery and have a proper conversation about the pros and cons and whether you require surgery at the earliest or not, this will help you to gather some knowledge and then make a rightful decision for yourself. It is always better to take advice it will help you recover soon post-surgery if you opted for it as you will be aware of everything by then.
Complications of spinal surgery
- You can be paralyzed even if the surgery went well and there were certified, experienced surgeons present. Luckily it’s a very rare case.
- An individual nerve can be damaged badly.
- The most common is the pain in your back after the surgery. Though it takes a few days to go away sometimes it may last for months.
- The relatively most common is infection. As surgeons use various instruments and materials while they are working inside our body by opening it up for something.
- There is a leakage of spinal fluids, if it occurs too much then it can cause infection.
What to expect after spinal surgery?
Don’t expect immediate pain relief after surgery you will experience itching, burning, and pain at the site of the incision for a few days, some swelling is also very common. This pain is completely harmless and settles down as time passes by. Always take painkillers as prescribed by the surgeon.
Activities restricted after surgery
- Avoid BLT which is bending, lifting, and twisting.
- Limit pushing, pulling, and squatting.
- Limit sitting to 45 to 60 minutes.
Exercises after spinal surgery?
- Ankle toe movement
- Single knee to chest
- Double knee to chest
- Bridging exercise
- Trunk rotation
Precautions to take after surgery
- Always follow the advice of the surgeon and do physiotherapy under guidance but at the same time avoid any excessive moments.
- Walk safely and cautiously to avoid slipping.
- There should be a good environment in which the patient is living.
- Avoid smoking.
- Take a proper diet, don’t skip your meals, and eat well.
- Make sure that someone is around you for help.
Benefits of a spinal surgery
- The recovery is fast for the patients.
- Pain is less followed by surgery.
- You can avoid further complications.
- It is less distressing.
You need to consult a surgeon if you experience chronic pain and it is advisable to opt for surgery in this case. Don’t take it lightly and wait for the situation to get worsen and it will add further complications.
Do a little bit of research work to find the best and most qualified surgeon and do check out the cost of the surgery, in general, it is expensive around 2 to 3 lakh is the minimum cost. After the surgery, follow the prescription and act accordingly under the guidance of the surgeon. Do regular sessions with your surgeon informing about even a slight change you experience in the body post-surgery whether it is pain, itching, or any other issue. Report to the surgeon about the recovery status it is mandatory. It may take about 5 to 12 months ( 1 year) to get better and a few months to go back to your daily routine. Eat well and be fit if you want to recover at the earliest possible.