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How do I protect the incision after an XLIF/DLIF/lateral fusion procedure?

Before you are discharged, we will make sure you are well aware of all the aftercare instructions you should follow in order to have a fast recovery.

Your medical team will tell you how you should take care of your surgical wound, after undergoing lateral fusion of the spine. The surgical wounds should be kept clean and dry in order to avoid the risk of infections. You will be able to shower, 1-4 days after the intervention.

You will have to change your dressing every day, keep it clean and dry. You should avoid bathtubs or swimming pools until your doctor tells you it’s safe.

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