You should be using a soft collar as directed by Dr. Song or as needed.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.
Absolutely no bending, stooping, pushing, lifting or straining.
Absolutely no driving for 2 weeks or any time on pain medication.
We encourage 2-3 naps daily, you will be tired post-operatively.
Avoid housework, especially vacuuming and sweeping.OK to cook, as long as you are not lifting anything heavier than 5 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.