If sitting, use only a straight back chair to ensure proper support not to exceed a half hour at a time. You may increase your sitting time slowly.
Lie only on a firm mattress, no couches or recliner chairs.
You may lie on your back or side, but not on your abdomen.
Absolutely no bending, stooping, pushing, lifting or straining.
Wear back brace as directed by Dr. Song.
Avoid housework, especially vacuuming and sweeping.
OK to cook, as long as you are not lifting anything heavier than 10 pounds.
Learn proper body mechanics to maintain a neutral spine position.
Increasing pain is a red flag telling you to rest.
DO NOT: Engage in strenuous activity for at least 10 weeks after surgery.