To prevent against infection, your incision should be kept clean and dry. You should change the bandage on your incision every day using a dry piece of gauze and tape, or a large Band-Aid. If you prefer, you may leave the incision open to air without a bandage as long as to there is no […]
In almost every spine surgery situation, the sutures are dissolvable and placed under the skin, so there is no need to have them removed. We will place Steri-Strips (paper tape) on top of the incision for reinforcement. Your Steri-Strips will fall off on their own. In the event that you do have external stitches or […]
The decision to have nursing care or physical therapy services at home is based on your hospital progress. Most patients do not need home nursing care or physical therapy.
The majority of patients can return home after they are discharged. However, some patients may need additional physical therapy, occupational therapy or nursing care at a rehabilitation facility. This decision will be made after evaluating your recovery and progress.
Your hospital stay is based on your specific diagnosis, any pre-existing medical problems, and the type of surgery you are having. Patients undergoing lumbar spine fusions or total lumbar disc replacement, typically stay 2-3 days in the hospital. Cervical fusions or total cervical disc replacement patients are discharged the morning after surgery. Patients admitted for […]
Typically, most spine patients do not need a blood transfusion after surgery. You may be asked to donate your own blood prior to surgery if you are at high risk for needing a blood transfusion. Discuss your options concerning donating your own blood or using community blood bank supply with your surgeon.