The time it takes to get out of bed after spinal fusion surgery depends on various factors, such as the type of surgery, the extent of the fusion, and the surgeon’s preferences. However, in general, patients can usually get out of bed on the same day or the day after the surgery.
Initially, you may need some assistance from a healthcare professional or a family member to get up and move around. Your surgeon or physical therapist will give you specific instructions on how to move and position yourself in bed to avoid injuring your back and the fusion site.
It’s crucial to follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions carefully to ensure a smooth and successful recovery. You may need to avoid bending, lifting heavy objects, twisting, and other activities that put stress on your spine for several weeks or even months after the surgery. Your doctor will let you know when it’s safe to resume your normal activities.
If you experience severe pain, swelling, or other concerning symptoms, you should contact your surgeon right away.