Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Discharge Instructions
Hospital to Home:
Generally 3-4 days
- High fiber and high protein- encourage small frequent meals with plenty of hydration.
- Minimum of 6-8 glasses of water daily.
- Encourage getting moving.
- Daily 60 minute walks which can be broken down into 6 ten minute intervals.
- Physical therapy exercises three times a day.
- Refer to the calendar provided by the pain service that references weaning off medications.
- Continue stool softeners if you are on narcotics to prevent constipation.
- NO Physical Education for at least 6 months.
- NO spine twisting/torsion.
- NO IBUPROFEN , aspirin, or naprosyn products for 6 months post operatively.
- No Driving for 6 weeks then may return if off all narcotics and physically able to slam on breaks.
- Do Not Carry more than 10 pounds.
- NO backpacks.
Your doctor will let you know when you can shower.
- Most patients can return to school full time in 2-4 weeks and may return sooner if you wish.
- Refer to back to school note: do not carry more than 10 pounds on your back, no back packs, 2nd set of books, 5 minutes in between classes, NO PE for 6 months- 1 year.
- No creams, lotions or ointments to incision site.
- Keep incision site out of sun by covering for 2 weeks Post-Operative and limit sun exposure during first year. Use sun block of SPF 50.
When to call the DOCTOR?
- Fevers greater than 101.5
- Significant weight loss after 2 weeks after surgery
- Incision site redness, warmth or drainage
- Numbness tingling or weakness in your arms or legs
- Persistent constipation
- Increased pain not relieved by pain medication
- Patients MUST call prior to any dental procedures or surgical procedures for 2 years after surgery. We will give antibiotics prior to procedure to prevent any risk of infection.
- If you have a post-op problem that is treated by your primary care physician or pediatrician.
When to Follow Up?
- Six weeks, follow-ups after are determined by your doctor.