When you have been discharged from the hospital by your surgeon, your nurse will give you printed discharge instructions for your recovery at home. A few things to think about when going home:
Remember to practice the proper body mechanics and spine precautions you learned in the hospital.
Walking is the only exercise you are allowed to do after your surgery. Do not run, lift weights, or play any kind of sport. You must obtain clearance from your spine surgeon before doing exercise other than walking.
We recommend walking as much as possible to help your recovery. Several short walks each day are better than one long walk. Let comfort be your guide as you increase your walking.
Unless specifically discontinued by your spine surgeon, you resume taking any home medications you took prior to your surgery. You may go home with a prescription for pain or other medications started in the hospital. Take the medicine as prescribed by your surgeon.
You will need someone to drive you home from the hospital. You will not be allowed to drive until your spine surgeon tells you that you may drive.
Your spine surgeon will tell you when you may go back to work. Many factors such as your type of spine surgery, postoperative condition, and the type of work you do influence this decision.
Your discharge instructions will also include information regarding postoperative visits with your spine surgeon, and when and how to schedule those appointments.
Source: Piedmont Spine Surgery Patient Education Guide