After surgery

Release from Hospital
The hospital discharge depends on the extent of your operation and how your recovery is progressing. Your doctor will decide on the best post-operative course of action for you.

Supervised by trained medical professionals, your physician may ask you to carefully sit, stand, or walk within 24 hours of the surgery. Once you are discharged from the hospital it is important to limit your activities for a period of time (determined by your healthcare provider) to give your body a chance to heal. 
Your physician will discuss with you any pain medications to take home, as well as a prescribed program of activities. Your physician will provide instructions on wound care, exercises, and limitations to postoperative activity.

Taking care of your new spine

Follow your spine surgeon's instructions carefully to minimize any potential complications which could affect your recovery and your implant lifetime. These complications, however, are quite infrequent and some simple rules can dramatically reduce their likelihood.

Don't forget

A healthy diet and regular exercise are important 
Schedule regular general check-ups
Contact your surgeon if you have any concerns about your spine