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How can I speed up my recovery after an artificial disc replacement procedure?

Most patients recover relatively fast after artificial disc replacement. While you are in the hospital, we will provide you with all the necessary instructions that will help you maximize your recovery.

After you are discharged from the hospital, you will begin your home convalescence according to your doctor’s guidelines. Complete recovery following artificial disc replacement surgery can take a couple of weeks up to a few months.

Recovery time varies according to the body’s ability to heal, so keeping proper hydration and nourishment regimens allows tissue and cell regeneration and induces a restored health condition.

Self-care dictates accelerated improvement, so avoid any deterrents, like:

  • cigarettes
  • alcohol
  • lifting weights
  • bending or twisting

If your doctor recommends physical therapy, you should participate in these appointments and practice the exercises as indicated.

Resume your normal activities gradually and avoid any movement that causes you discomfort.

Methods of fast recovery following an artificial disc replacement procedure

Artificial disc replacement healing time relies on your ability to properly follow the prescribed physical therapy program and an improved lifestyle.

There are several ways to accelerate your recovery by taking care of your:

  • physical health: adopting a nutrition plan rich in lean proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates and keeping your blood sugar under control
  • mental wellbeing: reducing stress improves postsurgical pain
  • surgical area: avoiding infections through proper wound hygiene and bandage change
  • physical activity: respecting the instructed physical routines

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/