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Tips for back surgery recovery

New York workers in all types of jobs may suffer from back issues. In some cases, the damage results from a fall injury and in other situations it may be an occupational injury. Angiuli & Gentile, LLP is an experienced litigation law firm that often assists clients with workers’ compensation claims.

If you or a loved one needs back surgery, the pain can be debilitating. Depending on the injury, the procedure can last five hours or more. Next Avenue offers tips to help you recover successfully from back surgery.

  • Respect the fatigue - After several hours of surgery, the body experiences shock equivalent to a car crash. Plus, the effects of anesthesia does not wear off in a few hours. Some people feel the side effects for weeks after surgery. Not only is there fatigue, but there is often cognitive dysfunction. Lay down when you tire, take a nap or just rest. Fighting through it may make your recovery longer and more difficult.
  • Stay ahead of the pain - Pain can prevent the healing process. It affects all aspects of life, sometimes without you realizing it. You become cranky and short-tempered, with no interest in food. Take medications before the pain becomes an ever-present part of your recovery. They allow your body to rest and heal.
  • Take advantage of adaptive equipment - After surgery, patients have many restrictions regarding lifting, bending and twisting. There are devices available that can help complete tasks on your own, providing independence as possible without risking damage. Typical items include elevated toilet seats, shower benches, walkers and canes.
  • Be patient with the recovery process - Back surgery is complex and so is recovery. It takes more time than you hope and comes with milestones that you believe should occur closer together.

Although you may experience some semblance of normalcy in 12 to 18 months, it could take several years of physical therapy and persistence before recovery is complete. During that time, workers’ compensation may help cover medical and other expenses. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.

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