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Post Operative Exercise Program

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Getting in and out of bed:

There is no "best" position, just whatever is most comfortable for you.
Remember:
- Sleep on a mattress that is firm, yet soft enough to conform to the normal curves of the body.
- When sleeping on your side, try a pillow between your knees - When lying on your, back, place a pillow or rolled up blanket under your knees

 

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Advice following back surgery

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Following back surgery you are encouraged to be up and mobile as soon as tolerated returning to light activities once you go home. Your consultant and physiotherapist will advise you re activities and exercise that are appropriate for you. If you have any queries or concerns once you are discharged from hospital, please seek advice from your consultant, physiotherapist, one of the nursing staff or your own doctor.

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Post Operative Care

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When you get home

  • Personal support: if you can, arrange for someone to be around for the first 1 or 2 weeks after your surgery. Alternatively you may prefer to organise to go to stay with family or friends.
  • During your recovery you may find yourself somewhat isolated due to being away from work and with a restricted social life. There are ways that you can keep in contact with friends.
  • Let your friends know where you are and how and when they can contact you before you have your surgery.
  • Remember that you will need time to rest (especially in the first few weeks after your surgery) and to do your rehab so it’s worthwhile try to plan your visitors.
  • If you like to use email to keep in contact with people make sure your computer and/or telephone socket are in an easily accessible place. A good solution is to buy a telephone extension cable (30 metre extension for under £10) and that way you can have internet access in the room of your choice. Even better is to get a wireless connection.
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