Post-Operative Information

Wound care:

Try and keep your wound clear and dry to promote wound healing.

It is important that you notify your doctor immediately if you notice any of the follow:

  • There is more redness, pain, swelling, or bleeding at the wound site.
  • The wound is larger or deeper, or it looks dried out or dark.
  • The drainage coming from or around the wound increases or becomes thick, tan, green, or yellow, or smells bad (which indicates pus)
  • Your temperature is 38°C or higher.

If your surgeon used Steri–Strips (adhesive skin closures), they can be removed 14 days following the surgery or whenever they fall off on their own. You may shower as the protocol for your particular surgery permits. Remember to gently dry the incision area / Steri-Strips. It is common for the edges of the strips to loosen and curl. Simply clip the frayed edges but try to leave the strips on for 14 days unless they are so loose they are obviously no longer functional. In this case, you may gently lift off the strips, but do not pull or jerk to remove them. Do not apply cream / ointments to the incision.

Medications:

Your surgeon will provide you with adequate Pain Medication following your procedure as needed. You are encouraged to take the prescribed pain medication in order for you to be comfortable during your recovery. Pain may prevent you from doing the activities that help with your recovery. If you have any concerns about your pain management, please do not hesitate to ask your surgeon. Please report any new, increasing, or unrelieved pain to your doctor.

Activity/ restrictions:

After the procedure, and when the anaesthesia has worn off, get up and be active as soon possible. This will help your muscles stay strong and will lead to a faster recovery. We encourage you to be active as soon as it is safe, which is usually in the evening after your procedure. We recommend that you walk, sit up in a chair, or at least turn frequently in bed.

As you continue with your recovery, follow the specific activity instructions given by your doctor. Different surgeries require different limitations on activity. Generally, you should not lift objects heavier than 10 pounds for 6 to 8 weeks. Lifting heavy objects too soon may weaken your incision. Your doctor will tell you specific activity instructions for your type of surgery. Plan your daily activity so that you can rest often. Do not expect your energy level to be the same as it was before surgery. Your body needs more energy to heal, and this may cause you to feel weak or need to take naps.

Driving:

Usually, you will not be able to drive for 6 to 8 weeks after surgery. However, this can vary depending on the type of surgery that you have had. Never drive while taking narcotic pain medications.

Postoperative Appointments:

Unless otherwise indicated by your surgeon, your post-operative appointment will be approximately 4-6 weeks following your procedure. Briz Brain & Spine administrative staff will contact you regarding this appointment.

Please remember that it may take some time for numbness or pain to improve after cervical or lumbar spine surgery. Due to the healing process, it is not unusual to have some pain in the surgical area for weeks after surgery. If your post-op pain is worse than before surgery, please notify your surgeon immediately.

Covid-19 Patient Message** IMPORTANT INFORMATION **

Patient and staff safety is our highest priority at Briz Brain & Spine.

For patients with appointments, if you are suffering any symptoms such as fever, dry cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath or have recently travelled or been in contact with someone who has returned from overseas, please contact our friendly reception team before attending the clinic. A telehealth appointment may be an alternative method of speaking with our surgeons.

Protecting the health of our staff is vital to ensure they can continue to provide great service.  Patients are encouraged to prepay accounts over the phone prior to appointments or via payWave or other contactless payment methods. Patients are also asked to complete the Patient Details Form and sign the Privacy Policy Agreement electronically prior to their appointment. These forms can be found under our Contacts page on the website or by clicking here. Please note, patients are asked to bring only ONE support person to their appointment and maintain appropriate social distances to help reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission. We are also temporarily reducing our general enquiries phone hours with calls being answered between 9am and 4pm.

During this current outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus we want to assure all of our patients that we will continue to implement procedures to maintain a hygienic clinical environment. This includes:

-          Disinfecting and wiping down all treatment surfaces

-          Regular cleaning of rooms and shared equipment

-          Thorough cleaning of all communal items including reception chairs, tables, door handles, pens and other shared items

-          All staff have access to infection control procedures and training to implement these as necessary

We are carefully monitoring the directions and advice of Queensland Health, the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organization. In the meantime, it is still business as usual and our doors are open.

Briz Brain & Spine wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused and thanks you for your cooperation and understanding during this unprecedented situation.

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