Preparing for Back Surgery

If you’ve scheduled a back surgery, you are likely nervous and unsure of how to prepare. The good news is that EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region has compiled this handy guide to help you prepare for your procedure so that you can recover and get back to your normal lifestyle as quickly as possible.

Eat Healthy

In the days, weeks, and months leading up to your back surgery, you should make it a top priority to eat healthy. If you stick to to well-balanced, nutrient-rich meals and drink plenty of water, your bones and muscles may recover faster from the operation.


It’s a smart idea to get in good shape prior to the date of your back surgery. If you are physically fit, you are bound to recover a whole lot quicker than if you’re overweight. Exercises that are designed to strengthen the upper body such as chest presses, arm raises, bicep curls, plank rows, tricep dips, and pushups will likely be recommended by your doctor.

Quit Smoking

Although it is easier said than done, if you are a smoker, you should quit. Smoking hurts your lungs and blood vessels and can drastically slow your back surgery recovery. Stop-smoking aids like nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges, the SmokefreeTXT app, and prescription medications may help.

Make Arrangements with Friends and Family

Following your procedure, you will likely need assistance from your friends and family for at least several weeks. Therefore, it’s imperative that you make arrangements with your loved ones so that they can help you with bathing, toileting, meal preparation, housekeeping, and transportation to follow-up doctor visits. Home care may be a great option for you if your loved ones are unable to give you the support you need.

Get Your Home Ready

By making a few modifications to your home, you can avoid injuring yourself post-surgery and fast track your recovery. You should remove throw rugs and loose electrical cords, prepare meals in advance and freeze them, store food in a cupboard that’s waist to shoulder level, ensure cooking supplies and utensils are in an easy to reach area, stock up on toiletries, invest in a raised toilet seat and shower chair, and move your bed to the first floor if possible.

Order & Test Walking Devices

If a walking device is needed, it’s important that you order your walking devices weeks before your surgery so that you have some time to get acquainted with crutches, a walker, or cane. This way, you won’t be surprised or confused when you have to use them after your surgery.

Contact EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region Today

If you have any questions about how to prepare properly for your back surgery, contact EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region today. We’ll be happy to provide you with further information on how to increase your chances of a speedy and healthy back surgery recovery.