What to Expect After Back Surgery

Back Surgery

As with any type of surgery, it takes time, rest, and therapy to recover from back surgery. While it can be a challenging journey, we at Moving Forward Rehabilitation will help you get back to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible.


Surgery takes a toll on your body, and allowing yourself to rest and heal is an important part of the process. You can expect a hospital stay of anywhere from two days to a week, depending on the type of surgery that you had. Once you are discharged, you will still be expected to rest at home, with about half of your time spent in bed.

Pain Management

To help control the pain that accompanies back surgery, you will be prescribed certain types of pain medication. At the hospital, your dosage will be controlled both by the medical staff and your own pain threshold. You will be given instructions for dose management for use at home, once you are discharged from the hospital.


A big part of your recovery from surgery is the rehabilitation process. You will be doing some walking and physical therapy at the hospital, but the biggest part of your rehab will be during the months following your back surgery. You will make regular appointments with a rehab facility, and will work with a staff member to lay out a plan that will get you back to your regular lifestyle in an expedient manner.

The types of exercises will vary, depending on your surgery and physical abilities. It is important to work with a rehab professional so that you do not injure yourself by doing the wrong movements or performing too much too quickly. Along with your appointments with a physical therapist, you will also have follow-up appointments with your doctor to make sure your therapy is on track, and to ensure there are no complications with the surgery. Call us at Moving Forward Rehabilitation at 352-751-3781 to schedule your post-operative care.