If you are preparing to undergo foraminal narrowing surgery, you may be feeling overwhelmed or unsure about the recovery process. Thoughts of pain or dysfunction following neck or back surgery can be frightening whether you are receiving a traditional surgery or one of the minimally invasive procedures available at BEST Health System. Thankfully, there are several ways to help ensure your recovery process is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Tips for a Smooth Recovery
First and foremost, you should carefully follow your physician’s orders regarding how to recover from foraminal narrowing surgery. No two patients are exactly alike, so you may receive instructions from your physician that another patient will not. With this said, here are some widely accepted tips for recovering from neck or back operations, including foraminal stenosis surgery:
- Arrange for help. You’ll need a family member or friend to assist you in performing some basic tasks in the days following your surgery.
- Eat a nutritious, fiber-rich diet. Nix junk food and enjoy whole foods with the vitamins and minerals necessary to boost your recovery. Make sure to eat your share of fiber, as pain medications and anesthesia can sometimes cause uncomfortable digestive problems.
- Stay organized. Use a pill box or labeled baggies to organize your medicines (Tylenol, prescription pain relievers, etc.) before you go into surgery. You may feel foggy afterward, and mismanaging medication may have dangerous consequences.
- Stock up on helpful items. Investing in items like a cane, shower chair, back massager, body pillow and toilet riser will go a long way in making everyday life easier as you recover from surgery. Ask your physician about what products may be most helpful for you.
Foraminal Narrowing Treatment with BEST
BEST Health System is a leader in minimally invasive neck and back pain treatment. Our board-certified surgeons Dr. Girton and Dr. Abbott perform the procedures at BEST which are a much safer and more effective alternative to open spine operations. The procedures at BEST are performed on an outpatient basis and only require a less than 1-inch incision. This typically allows for a shorter recovery time and a lowered risk of complication.
Contact BEST Health System to learn if you are a candidate for minimally invasive treatment.