Spinal surgery: Caring for yourself at home

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Use the information provided in this brochure to properly care for yourself at home after spinal surgery.

Key points

  • Most people return home within five days after spinal surgery.
  • Avoid physical activity, such as gymnastics or contact sports, for about six months after the surgery.
  • Have a family member check your spinal wound once a day to avoid infection.
  • You may need to wear a brace after the surgery. Your doctor will provide you with instructions on how and when to wear the brace.
  • Seek medical attention if you see signs of a wound infection.
Last updated: January 3rd 2013