Care After

These 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.


  • Take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Keep your wound covered for 24 hours or as told by your doctor.

  • Ask your doctor when you can bathe or shower.

  • Put ice on your wound.

  • 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 in your bed for 24 hours or as told by your doctor.

  • Return to normal activities as told by your doctor.

  • Ask your doctor what stretches and exercises you can do.

  • Do not bend or lift anything heavy as told by your doctor.


  • You have bad back pain that comes on suddenly.

  • You cannot control when you pee (urinate) or poop (bowel movement).

  • You lose feeling (numbness) in your legs or feet, or they become weak.

  • You have shooting pain down your legs.

  • You have a fever.

  • Your wound becomes red, puffy (swollen), or tender to the touch.

  • You are bleeding or leaking fluid from the wound.

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

  • Your back pain does not get better.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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