To help ease the stress that accompanies spine surgery, we have compiled a checklist of items that will greatly assist in recovery, both at the hospital and at home. These tips are tailored to anyone undergoing surgery in the back or neck involving a hospital stay, but many of them will apply to recovery from just about any type of surgery and hospital stay.
Crocs: You’re going to want to wear slip-on shoes after the surgery for several weeks (and perhaps more) so you don’t have to bend over to tie your shoes. Any shoes that slip on will work. Crocs are a favorite as they are easy to get on, have some grip on the sole, and can be worn indoors as well as outdoors.
Sports water bottle: You will be encouraged to drink plenty of fluids while you are in the hospital. If you don’t want to sit up for each sip, bring a sports bottle with a squirt top so you can drink while you’re lying down or lying down without spilling all over.
Laxatives: Chances are your doctor will not raise this topic, but after the surgery it will be an important issue for you. Post-operative constipation is common and can be a major source of discomfort and pain. To prevent postoperative constipation, prune juice, apple cider, and/or over – the-counter laxatives and stool softeners will all help