Planning For Your Surgery
In the Hospital
Caring For Yourself at Home
When you go home there are a variety of things you need to know for safety, a speedy recovery and your comfort. To help optimize your recovery, we recommend that you continue the exercises described in “In the Hospital,” Exercises after Surgery. In addition, since each person’s situation is different, we recommend you discuss specific activities you can and cannot do after surgery with your surgeon.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the major risks of spine surgery?
Will I need blood?
How long will my hospital stay be?
After I’m discharged from the hospital, can I go home
or will I have to go to a rehabilitation facility?
Will I need to have nursing care when I return home?
When will I get my stitches/staples removed?
How should I care for my incision?
When can I take a shower?
Will I have any restrictions after the surgery?
What activities can I do?
Can I drive when I return home?
When can I have sex?
Will I have to wear a brace? If yes, for how long?
When should I schedule a follow-up appointment?
For Your Information
Anesthesia is given by members of the Department of Anesthesiology where a team approach is used. This team is made up of anesthesia doctors (anesthesiologists) as well as nurses (nurse anesthetists) who are specially trained in this area.
Advance directives are documents you create while you are feeling well and thinking clearly. They explain to your family and your health care providers the extent of medical treatment you wish to receive, or not to receive, should you become unconscious or too ill to make the decision at a later point in your life.
Christiana Care gets most of its blood products from the Blood Bank of Delmarva, which operates many blood bank centers in Delaware and Maryland. Blood is collected from volunteer donors who meet all donor regulations of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and American Association of Blood Banks. These groups are responsible for setting standards to be sure donated blood is safe to use.
Constipation is caused by slowed movement of waste through the bowel. The result is less than three bowel movements (BMs) a week. Surgery, decreased exercise, a change in eating/drinking habits and certain medicines can cause constipation.
Guided Imagery for Relaxation
Guided imagery is a simple relaxation technique that you can experience by listening to an audiotape on the Patient Education TV System. Listening to a guided imagery story helps your body and mind to relax.
An incentive spirometer is a device that promotes deep breathing and measures the size of each breath. Incentive spirometry also helps you cough effectively and get rid of excess mucus in your lungs.
Fall Prevention at Home
Falls occur in all age groups. The chance of falling increases with age. Each year three out of every ten people over age 65 will fall. Often these falls happen at home and can lead to serious injury. The good news is that many of these falls can be prevented. Christiana Care wants to help make your home a safer place.
Patient Controlled Analgesia Pump
Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) Pump lets you control your pain medication. Instead of calling for a nurse when you need pain medicine, you can simply push the PCA pump button. This gives you the exact dose of pain medicine your surgeon has ordered – no more, no less.
Christiana Care is committed to your safety. We want your hospital stay to be as safe as possible. Please tell us if you have questions or concerns. By talking regularly to the people caring for you, a misunderstanding may be avoided. If you are not sure why something is being done, just ask.