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Preparing for Back Surgery

Jun 30, 2015

Sometimes, back surgery is the only option left to help return you to your normal life. Fortunately, back surgery is a very common procedure these days and is used to improve the lives of countless people by relieving their pain for good. Although this procedure is straightforward and typically successful, it’s completely normal to be apprehensive just as you would with any type of surgery.

In order to ease your nerves about the procedure, it’s best to be as prepared as possible. Keep reading to learn more about how to prepare for back surgery.

While these tips will be beneficial for the most common back procedures, please keep in mind that there are many different types of back surgeries, each with a varying degree of severity.

Prepare Your Home

Because your mobility will be limited after the surgery, it’s best to arrange your home in a manner that can be navigated easily. Place items that you’ll need frequently, such as the phone and TV remote, in a place that’s easy to reach. You may even want to set up a bed in an easily accessible area in the home so you don’t have to travel too far to get to your bedroom.


Be sure to prepare meals before the surgery so you’ll have enough food to eat during your recovery. Make easy-to-eat meals, and remember that a healthy, nutritious diet helps your body to heal. It’s a good idea to remove any items from your kitchen cabinets that you’ll need easy access to. Also, you may want to consider using paper plates and cups during your recovery to make any clean-up as quick and easy as possible.

Contact a Friend

Ask a friend or family member if they would be willing to transport you to and from the surgery. It would also be very helpful if they could be available, and possibly even stay with you for a few days, while you recover in case you need anything.

Exercise Before Surgery

Excess weight can cause stress on your spine and make recovery more difficult. If you are overweight, try to exercise regularly before undergoing surgery. Discuss a fitness plan with your doctor and your overall health will benefit.

Talk to Your Doctor

Make sure you fully understand what you’ll need to do in the days leading up to the surgery. Your doctor may have special instructions for you to follow, and you may need to stop taking certain types of medication. He or she should also explain what will happen during the day of surgery so you can feel comfortable and understand the process.

You may be apprehensive about undergoing back surgery, but you need to remember that it will help you live a better life without pain and suffering. Keep these tips in mind before your procedure and you’ll go into the surgery feeling much more confident and prepared.

If you’re in need of back surgery, click here to download our e-book, The Patient’s Manual to Spine and Back Surgery.