Lumbar Decompression

Wound Care

  • Keep incision clean and dry
    • Wash with soap and water, dry with towel
  • Do not apply any creams, ointments, etc to incision
  • You will have staples and sutures in the skin
  • Do not remove staples or sutures
  • The incision may be left uncovered
  • Keep the incision dry

General Instructions

  • You may shower – unless otherwise instructed
  • Do not stand with your incision directly under the water
  • After you shower, pat the incision dry with a towel
  • Do not swim or immerse the incision in water
  • You may be more comfortable at home with equipment such as:
    • walker
    • shower chair
    • toilet riser
      Please ask for this equipment before you leave the hospital
  • Use the incentive Spirometer (plastic blow box) 4 times per day for 2 weeks
  • Walk 30 minutes every morning and evening
    • Do not use hand weights
    • Walk on easy terrain
  • Do not smoke cigarettes or use nicotine products
  • Eat a well balanced diet
  • Do not drive
  • Do not lift anything heavier than 5 pounds
  • No strenuous or contact sports
  • You will be given a prescription for pain medication; this medication should last until your return visit
  • You may only require Tylenol for pain relief

Call Dr. McMorrow if any of the following occur

  • You develop a fever (temperature greater than 101.5), chills, nausea, vomiting
  • Your incision is red or starts to drain fluid
  • Your incision is excessively painful
  • You are concerned that something is wrong or do not understand activity restrictions

Return Visit

  • You will be seen in clinic 2-4 weeks after your surgery
  • Call office if you do not have follow-up visit scheduled
  • Bring all your medications to follow-up visits

To learn more about our treatments or to schedule your first appointment, please contact our Rochester clinic at 585-434-5492, or write to us through our secure Patient Portal.

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