AFTER LUMBAR DISC HERNIA OPERATION

  • I will instruct you to stand up 8 hours after surgery if it will be performed with microdiscectomy or 2 hours after if it will be performed with the full endoscopic technique. Patients treated with microdiscectomy can be discharged after 1 night, whereas patients treated with the full endoscopic technique can be discharged after 6 hours.
  • There will be no problem with going back your home by sitting in a vehicle. If possible, travelling on the front seat and tilting the seat backward at an angle of about 110 degrees will minimize the risk of pain.
  • If you need to use stairs in the first 3 postoperative days, please climb the steps one by one and bring your foot next to the other one at each step.
  • You can have your meal while sitting. If possible, please pay attention to ensure that you have a back support while sitting on a chair for eating.
  • Please take care to act as instructed to you when sitting and standing up.
  • Patients treated with microdiscectomy may complain of lumbar pain and burning and stinging sensation in lumbar region in the initial  postoperative days. Do not worry about that. Take a bed rest in such cases.
  • Please make sure that your bed is suitable for lumbar health. Do not lay on armchairs, sofas etc. for the rest of your life.
  • When you intend to get out of bed, first completely turn to the side-lying position, consequently turn to the sitting position by getting support from the sides using your hands, and then stand up.
  • Please come for the control examination on the day of your postoperative appointment. I will give you the required information about bathing during the control examination.
  • When you consume the medicines that I will prescribe for you at the time of your discharge, you will not need to take the same medicines unless told otherwise.
  • You must definitely use a closet (not a squat-toilet) to meet your toilet needs.
  • Take care to wear your shoes while sitting. Extremely high-heel or flat shoes are not suitable for our female patients. With middle-heels and wedge shoes, you will feel more comfortable.
  • When taking something from a high place, try to take it after you get an appropriate height.
  • Do not plop down on a chair or armchair when sitting, as if you are falling down. Place yourself in a sitting position slowly and in controlled way. Take support from your knees and the armrests while standing up.
  • Our patients treated with microdiscectomy can begin to go out for a walk from the 7th postoperative day, whereas those treated with the full endoscopic technique can do this from the 2nd postoperative day. Please initially walk for a short distances (for 20 to 30 minutes).
  • If you work at a desk job, you will be able to return to work 15 days after microdiscectomy or 4 days after the operation if it will be performed with the full endoscopic technique. Those who work under more difficult conditions can return to work 2 months after microdiscectomy, and 1 month after a surgical operation performed with the full endoscopic technique.
  • Pay attention to avoid carrying heavy things in the first 30 postoperative days, and then carrying things totally heavier than 5 kg in your both hands. When lifting something heavy, crouch down and hold it as close to your body as possible.
  • Avoid weight gain, and try to lose weight if you are overweight. For doing so, it would be appropriate for you to get professional support from the dietary department.
  • Avoid sports involving physical contact after surgery. Prefer walking and swimming (if possible).
  • Do not drive any vehicle in the first 20 postoperative days if you have been treated with microdiscectomy or in the first 5 postoperative days if you have been treated with a surgical operation performed with the full endoscopic technique. Afterwards, you can do short-distance driving in the city. You can make long-distance journeys, by driving the vehicle yourself, 20 days after if you have been treated with microdiscectomy or 7 days after if you have been treated with a surgical operation performed with the full endoscopic technique. However, have a break for 10 minutes once every 1.5 hour for taking a short walk, and then get back on the road.
  • You can make short-distance journeys by plane 7 days after if you have been treated with microdiscectomy or 2 days after if you have been treated with a surgical operation performed with the full endoscopic technique. Longer journeys (transoceanic) should be made after the first 30 postoperative days, and the patient should take a short walk in the plane once every 1.5 hour.
  • Those working at desk jobs should use orthopedic chairs with back support, and take a walk around the office for 5 minutes once every hour.
  • You should start doing the lower back exercises prescribed to you after the 60th postoperative day. You may initially feel a mild pain, but the exercises will be painless in the course of time.
  • You can call me for any problem related to your surgery.

Hope to meet you in healthy days…