How Long Will I Be In The Hospital Following My Spine Surgery?
Typically following a spine surgery, you will have up to a three-day stay in the acute care hospital. During your acute care stay, you will meet with a case manager, who will assist you with your discharge plans. Based on your recovery status, the rehabilitation staff and your physician will provide you with discharge recommendations.
How Can I Progress While In The Hospital?
During the first few days following surgery, you must rely on the hospital staff to assist you with many things. However, during this time, you can assist with your recovery in the following ways:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Perform ankle pumps and deep breathing exercises frequently while awake
- Actively participate in your rehabilitation program
How Will I Manage My Pain After The Surgery?
Your surgeon can prescribe medication, or suggest therapy to control your pain.
Does My Insurance Cover The Cost Of Rehabilitation Or Home Care After I Leave The Hospital?
Some insurance providers do not cover these services, even if your doctor or physical therapist has recommended them. Call your insurance company in advance of your surgery to determine if these services are covered. Whether or not you are a candidate for rehabilitation or home care depends on your progress after surgery. Many insurance providers do not cover hospital beds, wheelchairs, tub chairs or grab bars for patients who have had spine surgery.
How Soon After Surgery Will My Pain, Numbness, Weakness Or Tingling Be Alleviated?
Every patient’s recovery and results are different. Typically, you will notice changes within two weeks after surgery. However, it may be longer.
How Long Until I Can Return To My Normal Activities Following Surgery?
Typically, spinal surgery patients will be limited in their daily activities due to use of a brace for an average of six to 12 weeks. Within six months, you may be able to resume most of your pre-surgical activities, based on your physician’s recommendations.
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Awards & Recognition
Industry peer groups applaud our Orthopaedic & Spine Institute for its quality of care and treatment. Recent honors include:
Designated Institute of Quality For Spine, Hip and Knee surgery by the Aetna Institutes of Quality for Orthopaedic Care.
Achieved status as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.
Dr. Raymond Haround discusses advanced back pain and spin treatment at Saint Agnes Hospital.
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