3 Things You Can’t Do After a Spine Surgery, At Least Not Yet

Doctor showing spine model to patient

In the recent years, new technologies have made spine surgery easier, safer, and more effective. But recovery from one isn’t a walk in the park if you don’t know what activities are allowed and which ones are not.

Here are three things you shouldn’t do after a spine surgery while you’re recovering. Executive Spine Surgery noted to keep these in mind as you prepare for your laser back surgery in NJ.

1. You can’t smoke

First of all, you should quit the bad habit — but this is often easier said than done. If you’ve recently undergone a spinal surgery, you need to pause that nasty habit until you’ve fully recovered. The chemicals in cigarettes can prevent tissues from getting the required oxygen and hemoglobin they need to recover. It also thickens the blood and hinders good blood flow. Smoking has also been shown to prevent bones from healing properly.

2. You can’t climb the stairs more than twice a day

During the first few days after your surgery, it’s best not to go up a flight of stairs so make sure that you’ve prepared for this if you live in a two-story home. Now, during the first two weeks, you can go up and down the stairs up to twice a day but make sure to take it easy and never attempt to continue if you feel pain.

3. You can’t lift heavy weights

While you can safely lift up to 10 pounds, you can’t go beyond that for safety. This is roughly equivalent to a gallon of milk. Lifting weights don’t only pertain to exercise. Refrain from carrying small children, laundry baskets, and grocery bags after your surgery.

Focus on your physical therapy sessions so you can recover fully and get back to your normal chores. Remember, if you don’t give your time the proper time and focus to heal, you can suffer from complications that could prolong your treatment and recovery.