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Laser Endoscopic Spine Surgery (LESS)
Laser Endoscopic Spine Surgery
Laser Endoscopic Spine Surgery (LESS) Recovery
1-2 Weeks After Surgery
Take several short walks and perform posture exercises throughout the day.
Do not lift more than 10 pounds.
Drink six, 8 oz. glasses of water day, and eat fresh fruits and vegetables high in fiber.
Wean off of all narcotic pain medications and transition to Tylenol/Acetaminophen.
If you are no longer taking any narcotic pain medication, you can start driving.
Do not participate in sports or activities that require frequent or strenuous bending, twisting, pushing or pulling.
Start physical therapy.
You can resume intercourse, as tolerated.
Limit initial car rides and flights to short distances (around 1-2 hours).
If you have a relatively sedentary job, you can likely return to work.
3-4 Weeks After Surgery
Do not lift more than 15-20 pounds.
You can submerge your incision in water, such as pools, bathtubs and hot tubs.
You can perform light chores, such as cooking, dusting, sweeping or folding laundry.
You can participate in non-contact sports and activities such as yoga, hiking or swimming.
You can go on longer car rides and flights.
If your job is physically demanding, you can likely return to work.
5-6 Weeks After Surgery
Do not lift more than 25-30 pounds.
Gradually increase activities as tolerated by pain.
You can perform household chores, such as gardening and mowing the lawn, as tolerated by pain.
You can participate in more non-contact sports and activities such as running or tennis.
You can start taking frequent or long distant flights.
3 Months After Surgery
You can participate in contact sports, ride a road bicycle, and go downhill skiing, snowmobiling, waterskiing, or horseback riding, as tolerated by pain.