Vertebroplasty

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Take pain medicine as directed by your caregiver.

  • Keep the incision site dry and covered for 24 hours or as told by your caregiver. Ask your caregiver when you may bathe or shower.

  • An ice pack can be placed on the incision site to help ease pain and swelling after the procedure.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Rest for 24 hours after the procedure or as told by your caregiver. Return to normal activity as told by your caregiver.

  • Ask what type of stretching and strengthening exercises you should do after the procedure.

  • Do not bend or lift anything heavy. Follow your caregiver's instructions about bending and lifting.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • The incision site becomes red, swollen, or tender to touch.

  • You have any type of bleeding or fluid leakage from the incision site.

  • You become sick to your stomach (nauseous) or throw up (vomit) for more than 24 hours after the procedure.

  • Your back pain does not get better.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have sudden, severe back pain.

  • You have loss of bowel or bladder function.

  • You have numbness or weakness in your legs or feet.

  • You have shooting pain down your legs.

  • You have a fever.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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