I highly recommend these practices, I had to go through back surgery at the beginning of the year. Here are basic guidelines that will help prepare your body before surgery. The pre-operative period can be very stressful and some patients use alcohol, tobacco, pain medications, drugs or food to ease pain or discomfort. These habits and/or practices have the potential to negatively affect the outcome of your surgery and must be avoided at least 2 weeks before your scheduled surgery. Do not lift weights and avoid prolonged sitting and/or standing.

Planning ahead for your homecoming can also make for a smooth transition from the hospital to home.

Post-surgical practices and essentials include the following: staying hydrated to allow the nutrients to flow properly, helping with joint and organ maintenance. Eliminate processed foods from your diet to help heal your body efficiently. The use of ice packs and heating therapy can be helpful to alleviate pain. A walker or cane can help add support and security as you take your first steps around your home. Take your prescribed pain medicines as directed only. Avoid prolonged sitting as it puts most stress on your back. Begin physical therapy and/or home exercises to help you regain and build strength, flexibility and physical endurance.

Finally, notify your surgeon immediately if you have fever or chills, night sweats, pain or shortness of breath.