What is included in postoperative care following surgery for lumbar disc disease?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Kamran Sahrakar, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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The patient is treated with oral narcotics and IV supplementation for pain. Antiemetics are administered as needed. The patient is mobilized 4-6 hours after surgery and should be able to void without help. Once the patient tolerates fluids, he or she may leave the hospital with an ample supply of narcotics, antispasmodic agents, and stool softeners. Rarely, the patient may remain in the hospital 24 hours after the operation.

The patient is seen in follow-up one month after surgery. For uncomplicated cases, the patient is then released from the surgeon's care. The patient is usually released to work 6-10 weeks postoperatively, depending on the occupation.


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