Following surgery, you will be admitted to the hospital for monitoring and pain control. During your hospital stay, physical therapy will visit with you to work on progressive mobility so that you can safely return to your home environment. Soreness of the muscles is common, however improves with time as they relax and inflammation subsides.
Depending on which area of the spine undergoes surgery, a figure-of-eight brace or abdominal binder will be provided during your hospitalization and is to be worn when you are mobile. Their use is not intended to replace the spine braces that will be required by your spine surgeon:
Figure-of-eight brace: This is used post-operatively for 4-6 weeks in patients that had surgery in the upper portion of their spine. The purpose of this brace is to temporarily restrain the full used of the repaired muscles to promote healing and prevent uncomfortable spasms.
Abdominal binder: This is used post-operatively for 4-6 weeks in patients that had surgery in the mid to lower portion of their spine. The purpose of this brace is to serve a compressive function, reducing shearing forces that disrupt healing.