Care After

ExitCare ImageThese instructions give you information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your doctor may also give you more specific instructions. Call your doctor if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.


  • Put ice on the wound area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 20 minutes every hour. You may need to do this for several days.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Do not get the wound wet until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Check the wound often for redness, puffiness (swelling), or leaking fluids. You can use a mirror or ask a family member to check your wound.

  • Avoid bending, squatting, and crawling. Full recovery can take 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Walk as much as you can. Do not sit for long periods of time. Do not pull on things.

  • Do not drive until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Do not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) until your doctor says it is safe.

  • Ask your doctor when you can go back to normal activities, such as work, driving, or sex.

  • Ask your doctor what exercises you should do. Exercises can help make the back stronger. You may need physical therapy.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.


  • You have any questions about your medicines.

  • Your pain does not go away, even after taking pain medicine.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous).

  • You cannot poop (constipated) for 2 to 3 days.

  • Your pain suddenly gets worse, especially if the pain is in your leg.

  • Your wound is red, puffy, or bleeding.

  • You have fluid leaking from the wound.

  • Your legs or feet become painful or puffy.

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You have trouble controlling when you pee (urinate) or poop (bowel movement).

  • You have chest pain or a fast heartbeat (palpitations).

  • You have a fever.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.