Kyphoplasty, Vertebral Augmentation



Kyphoplasty - Post Operative Instructions

Incision Care: If there is a dressing, you may remove it on the morning after surgery BEFORE your shower. If Surgical Glue is used expect it will slowly peel off within 14 days. Please call us with any changes or concerns such as: redness, swelling or drainage at incision site, or temperature greater than 101°. (Clear liquid drainage in the first 24 hours is normal).

Bathing: You may shower after you remove your dressing on the morning after surgery; avoid scrubbing the incision site for 72 hours. No baths or swimming until approved by the physician or physician assistant at your follow up appointment.


For 2 weeks after surgery:

  • No strenuous activity

  • No lifting greater than 10lbs

Exercise: Increase your light activity, such as walking, as tolerated.

Medications: The day of surgery your doctor may prescribe medications, antibiotics and pain medications and give you directions. Also if you are on chronic blood thinners, they are restarted after the surgery and your doctor will tell you the proper number of hours after which you need to restart them.

Driving: You may drive the day after the procedure if you feel okay to do so. Do not drive if you are taking pain medications.

Diet: Eat a healthy diet to promote healing.

Smoking: Avoid smoking. Smoking decreases the rate of bone and skin healing and also interferes with the effectiveness of pain medication.

Follow-Up: You may experience soreness from this procedure for up to 2 weeks You will have a post-operative appointment 2 weeks after surgery.

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