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Most people who have spine surgery experience good to excellent results. They get significant relief of pain and the return of functional movement and strength. Most are able to walk, sit, drive a car, and perform other activities of daily life.
After spine surgery, people often report feeling better soon after they awake from the surgery. Although you may see and feel immediate benefits, you will get the maximum benefits of surgery by taking participating in a comprehensive rehabilitation program. The sooner you become active, the sooner you will get back to your normal routine. At the same time, remember to protect your healing back. Increase your activity level at a slow but steady pace.
If your movement is limited during recovery, ask a family member or friend to help prepare your home for your return by removing hazards that could cause you to trip, slip, or fall. One place in particular to prepare for your return home from the hospital is your bathroom. The tips below will help make your bathroom safer and more comfortable while you heal. Keep in mind that some of the equipment listed will need to be ordered so it is ready for when you get home
If you had surgery that limits bending, use a commode chair or elevated toilet seat to raise the height of your toilet
When you are leaving the hospital, your doctor or PT may recommend some or all of the following to help you get better at home: