Our neurosurgical team now serves Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, PA. See all locations here.
Appointment Info Phone, Forms, Directions
What can you expect from surgical treatment of a disc herniation? Dr Qureshi Explains
What Do Doctors Think About Before Cervical Spine Surgery? Watch Video Now
A posterior lumbar fusion is a neurosurgical procedure that is performed using a minimally invasive technique in order to safely access the damaged area of the lumbar spine in question.
It should be noted that the healing and recovery time can be very variable, being altered by things such as tobacco use. Tobacco use can be detrimental on recovery and healing.
If there are any question or concerns you wish to address about the procedure, please contact our medical staff at Princeton Brain and Spine.
My incision site/wound site hurts. What’s going on?
Pain varies from person to person in regards to their incision. There usually is mild pain at the incision area, though it is more common to experience pain at the base of the neck and your shoulder blades due to the disc space distraction. If there is excessive swelling, drainage, or pus from the incision site please get medical attention immediately. If there is fevers, chills, or nausea please receive medical attention immediately.
How should I dress my wound? How long until I can dress and bathe normally again?
Your bandage may be removed the second day after surgery. The steri-strips, staples, and sutures should be left on the incision until you come to your post operative visit so we may exam the wound and remove them for you. This is between one and two weeks after surgery
You may shower the third day after surgery, but try to make your showers quick. Excessive showering may irritate the incision. Please also do not make direct contact with the incision, rather let the water naturally run over it. Do not enter a hot tub, bath tub, pool, ocean or any other body of water until at least three weeks after surgery. Entering any non-sterile body of water may cause infection of the incision site
When can I go about my activities of daily living as normal again? Do I have restrictions?
Diet: Pain medications can cause constipation. Using stool softeners and laxatives as well as engaging in a high fiber diet will aid with this. Straining yourself on the toilet is to be avoided, please aim to keep your stool malleable with the recommendations above..
Pain Medication: Do not take NSAID medications or Cox-2 inhibitors for three to six months after surgery, though Tylenol can be taken for pain as needed. If Tylenol is not providing you relief, please contact your neurosurgical provider to discuss narcotic pain medication. Do not allow your pain to become unmanageable before contacting your doctor, as it will be more difficult to treat
Hospital stay: As lumbar disc surgeries can be performed on more than one level, the hospital stay needed may vary. The hospital stay can be as minimal from leaving the day of surgery to a few days after surgery. This varies according to type of surgery and the individual.
Returning to work: You can return to work depending on how you feel you are progressing after surgery. Usually, two weeks to recover is sufficient though you may be able to discuss when you feel able to return to work and a medical recommendation with your neurosurgical provider. If you are employed at an occupation that requires excessive physical exertion or labor, you may not be able to return to work for up to one month. This can vary and should be discussed with your neurosurgical provider
Physical Therapy: Physical therapy is normally referred at your first post surgical visit. As stated above, please avoid twisting and bending your neck with physical therapy. If you begin to feel pain with physical therapy, stop and abstain from doing that specific motion and discuss with your neurosurgical provider the issue at your next post operative visit
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the medical staff at Princeton Brain and Spine. We may be reached at (215)741-3141. As always, if you are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact emergent medical services by phone at 911.
If you are curious to learn more about the procedure before it is performed, here are some great resources so you may do your own research:
LastUpdate: 2016-05-11 17:43:01