What to expect after surgery
Most patients will be in the hospital for 3-4 days after a posterior spinal fusion. Your child will be discharged once they are eating normally, having bowel movements and having good pain control on medications by mouth.
The main movement limitations for your child will be to avoid bending their trunk more than 90 degrees early on after surgery. Your child will also have lifting restrictions for a limited time.
Once your child is discharged home, they should be able to walk stairs and sleep in their own bed. They will be discharged with pain medication as well.
Normally, patients are out of school from anywhere between 3-6 weeks. Your Spine Care team can provide a note with clear instructions to facilitate a smooth transition back into their school life. They should not, however, return to gym or sports until cleared by their spine surgeon.