The recovery time for each patient varies from individual to individual. However, most people regain the ability to perform simple activities within four to eight weeks after the surgery.
After your surgery, the surgeon will manage your condition with medications to ensure that you remain comfortable. You will typically wear a back brace to restrict movement for a few weeks while you heal. During this time, you will work closely with a physical therapy team and your surgery staff to gradually improve mobility and movement.
Most patients will need a month off work. Some tips for recovering during this time include:
- Follow your surgeon’s instructions closely
- Pay attention to your body and rest when you’re tired
- Try to walk a little each day, gradually increasing activity levels
- Try to change positions every 30-seconds when standing or sitting
- Generally, avoid any activity that puts stress or strain on your back
- Drink plenty of liquids (unless your surgeon tells you not to)
- Take all medications as directed
Follow-up care is critical to your healing process. Haydee says, “Thank God Dr. Goll was able to fix me up and put me back together.” She understands that the treatment team you choose for this major surgery can make all the difference in your recovery. Like a lot of patients, Haydee carefully checked the credentials of orthopaedic surgeons in the area. She chose Dr. Goll because, “by far he’s one of the best orthopaedic doctors that I have ever seen in my life.”
Haydee has a personal message for the Orlando Orthopaedic Center team. She says, “Thank you, Dr. Goll, you are amazing, and God bless your hands. What you do is a miracle.”
The Orlando Orthopaedic Center team is here to help you heal. Haydee’s surgery and recovery are just one of the positive stories we are proud to be a part of every day. If you have joint or spine pain and want to access relief, our physicians are standing by to provide you with the corrective surgery that can help.