Do you lose weight after back surgery?

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Do you lose weight after back surgery?

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answered Sep 7 by Saltydogg (4,210 points)

Some people do lose weight after back surgery.

Although some people may actually gain weight after back surgery as well.

The weight loss after back surgery is usually because of the diminished calorie intake due to poor appetite, and weight gain from diminished activity.

Walking is the best exercise after back surgery.

The best exercise to do after back surgery is walking.

Walking is one of the best exercises you can do after a lumbar laminectomy or discectomy surgery.

Why? Because walking helps to improve blood flow throughout your body.

This helps to bring in oxygen and nutrients to your spinal muscles and tissues as they heal.

You can walk up stairs after back surgery although you should not walk up stairs more than once or twice per day for the first few weeks after the back surgery.

If you don't need to walk up the stairs after the back surgery then it's best to wait for a few weeks before you do walk up the stairs.

While it may seem easy to climb stairs a few days after surgery, this motion can put undue stress on your spine and slow down your recovery.

You can go upstairs in the couple weeks following surgery, but it's best to limit stairs to once or twice a day in the first few weeks.  

When moving around after back surgery you have to be careful in how you move so that you don't cause any injury while you're healing.

To get out of bed, patients can use the log roll method.

While laying down, bend and keep knees together and roll to one side all in one motion without twisting the spine.

Then push up and gently letting the legs fall over the side of the bed into a seated position.

To prepare for back surgery you should make sure you put things in easy reach so when you get home you don't have to bend over to get to them or stretch to get the items.

Place the telephone in a convenient area, such as near the bed or chair.

Prepare food or purchase easy-to-prepare foods before coming to the hospital

Move food, pots, pans and other cooking utensils to high shelves or other counter tops so you can avoid bending.

Identify a person who will be able to help you with shopping and other chores.

Place shoes, clothing and toiletries at a height where you can reach them without bending.

Remove or secure any throw rugs so you won't trip over them.

Think about what changes you'll make if you need to stay on one floor.

Evening Before Your Back Surgery.

Between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. the evening before your admission, a member of the hospital scheduling staff will call you to confirm your procedure and tell you what time to come to the hospital.

It is important that you do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.

If you are to be admitted the morning of your surgery, do not eat any solid foods after 9 p.m. or drink any liquids, even water, after 12-midnight.

Your doctor may advise you to take a Fleets enema the evening before surgery.

You should also remove your rings, including wedding bands, the night before surgery, as your fingers may be swollen in the morning.

What to Bring to the Hospital

For your comfort, you will want to bring your own toiletries to the hospital.

Also pack underwear and comfortable, loose pajamas or nightgowns.

You will also need a robe (not floor length), and slippers or soft, low-heeled shoes with closed backs, such as sneakers, walking shoes or loafers.

If you will be wearing a brace after surgery, please also bring cotton tee shirts with you to wear under your brace.

Please do not bring any valuables to the hospital.

If you have equipment such as a walker, commode or long-handled reachers, you may want to have someone bring them in for you after surgery.

If you do bring your own equipment to the hospital, please label the items with your name.

Some tips to strengthen your legs after back surgery are.

  1. Lie on your back with one leg straight and one knee bent.
  2. Tighten abdominal muscles to stabilize your low back.
  3. Slowly lift leg straight up about 6 to 12 inches and hold for 1 to 5 seconds.
  4. Lower leg slowly.
  5. Repeat 10 times.

The procedure for back surgery takes between 1 to 2 hours.

The back surgery procedure itself may take 1-2 hours to complete.

This shortens the expected recovery to about a week or so of home rest.

Your doctor may also recommend 1-2 months of limitations –against heavy lifting, bending, stooping, specific sports activities.

Back Fusions or spinal fusions are between 70 percent to 90 percent successful.

Depending on the condition the surgery is treating, spinal fusion has a 70 to 90% success rate.

Spinal Fusion Surgery costs between $14,000.00 to $30,000.00 depending on the hospital or surgeon who does the Spinal Fusion Surgery.

Health insurance will usually pay at least part of the cost of Spinal Fusion Surgery if the Spinal Fusion Surgery is deemed medically necessary.

So if you're in very severe pain and had your spine messed up and need the Spinal Fusion Surgery then your health insurance might pay all the cost or at least a portion of the cost of the Spinal Fusion Surgery.

If not though then you would need to pay the cost of the Spinal Fusion Surgery out of pocket.

Recovery time for spinal fusion surgery patients is around 4 to 6 weeks for partial recovery which means that you can return to a job such as an office job or other sedentary activities or Jobs.

But for full recovery it can take 3 to 6 months before you can return to more heavy work and less sedentary activities.

Spinal Fusion Surgery recovery requires you to take it easy for at least the first 6 weeks and then slowly you can get back to your normal activities.

Spinal Fusion Surgery is a pretty safe surgery as far as surgery procedures go.

Most Spinal Fusion surgeries are very successful and most people who do have Spinal Fusion have no complications afterwards.

But just like any other surgeries the Spinal Fusion Surgery can lead to complications in some people.

Some complications that come along with Spinal Fusion Surgery but are rare are the possibility of Injuries to blood vessels or nerves in and around the spine.

And there can sometimes be pain around the site where the bone graft was taken.

But the complications that happen sometimes with Spinal Fusion Surgery are rare and most people come out of Spinal Fusion Surgery and recover just fine.

Average cost of Spinal Fusion Surgery is between $15,000.00 to $30,000.00

If it's deemed medically necessary then health insurance will pay for the spinal fusion surgery cost.

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