Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis
What To Expect After Surgery
Antibiotics to prevent infection are usually given at the beginning of surgery and continued for 48 hours after the operation.
Most people spend several days in the hospital after surgery, gradually increasing their movement over those several days. Depending on which technique was used, some people may be fitted for a brace, but this is much less common now than in the past.
By the time a person leaves the hospital after surgery, he or she will be able to dress, bathe, feed himself or herself, and walk around. A child may not return to school for 3 to 4 weeks.
Medicine used to reduce pain will be gradually decreased over a few weeks.
After surgery, it is important to avoid any extreme bending, twisting, stooping, or lifting of objects weighing more than 10 lb (4.5 kg). One should expect to spend the first weeks at home with occasional rest periods throughout the day.
Activities that could jar the spine—including competitive sports, ice skating, roller skating, and skiing (water or snow)—are restricted for 6 to 12 months. Cycling and swimming can usually be resumed in 3 to 4 months, unless prohibited by a brace or cast.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: July 21, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics