Following spinal surgery, these are the things parents can expect. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.
If you have a child who underwent a spinal fusion, chances are that he or she will complain of pain in the area of the procedure. This is normal and will decrease in the coming weeks. Medications like Advil and Motrin should be avoided as they can interfere with the healing process. Consult your doctor if your child appears to be in more pain than should be normal during the healing process.
Infections are not common, and should not happen – but are possible. Be sure to inspect your child’s back daily to ensure there are no infections. Healthy healing areas should be pink at the incision and the edges should be together.
Be sure to encourage your child to take liquids, fruits and vegetables to reduce constipation possibilities. Multivitamins with iron can help your child’s body heal itself
In the upcoming weeks after your child’s spinal fusion, monitor their activity levels. As discomfort clears, your child will probably want to get up and be active. Prevent them from doing anything too strenuous to avoid injury to the fusion area.