Kyphoplasty

Minimally invasive pain Surgery
MILD Procedure & kyphoplasty

9218 Kimmer Drive, Suite 101 Lone Tree, CO 80124
(P): 303-623-2680 (F): 303-623-2814

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FOLLOWING THE PROCEDURE?

If you experience discomfort, you may apply a wrapped ice pack intermittently for the first 24 hours then heat or ice packs thereafter. You may take analgesics such as Tylenol but avoid other blood thinning anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen that may increase your susceptibility to bleeding. Do not take extra opioid medications without permission from your physician.

WHAT CAN OR SHOULD I DO AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

Activity: Avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for the next 4 days and then resume activities as tolerated.  It is recommended to implement a regular walking regimen to help you stay mobile and avoid extended periods of sitting/inactivity for more than 1 hour.  No bending, lifting, or twisting of your spine until your follow up appointment with your physician.  

Other activity restrictions: __________________________________________________________________________

Diet:  Start with clear liquids, especially if you have had sedation. If your stomach tolerates liquids, slowly advance your diet as tolerated until you have resumed your normal diet. Do not consume alcohol for the next 24 hours.  

Sedation/Anesthesia: If you have had sedation/anesthesia the following applies for the next 24 hours. DO NOT drive, drink alcohol, or use recreational drugs, operate machinery, tools, or firearms, sign important or legal documents. You MUST have a responsible adult with you for 24 hours following sedation/anesthesia. 

Medications:  Please resume your home medications as indicated on your home medication discharge list. If taking any blood thinners, please refer to the discharge medication list to determine when you may resume your blood thinner. Please do not drive while taking narcotics or muscle relaxants. 

Incision Care: Ensure your wound remains clean and dry.  You may remove the outer dressing 2 days following your procedure.  Any adhesive strips covering the incision should begin to fall off within 7-10 days after your procedure.  If they have not fallen off after 14 days, you may remove them.  

Shower:  You may remove your dressing in 48 hours and shower, allowing soap and water to run over your incision.  Pat incision dry and then you may reapply a clean dressing. Please avoid all bathtubs, swimming pools, and hot tubs for the next 2 weeks to avoid submerging your incision site in water. 

Work:   If you were working up until the day of your procedure without complications, you may return to work or school 24 hours after your procedure.  

Follow-Up Appointment: You should have a follow-up appointment scheduled in 10-14 days. If this is not scheduled, please call the office to schedule. 

POST PROCEDURE PRECAUTIONS

Please call your physician’s office if you develop any of the following:

  • Local tissue swelling, redness, drainage or severe tenderness at the injection site or NEW onset of radiating pain to a different location of your body.
  • Fever > 100.4 °F
  • Severe headache occurring after the procedure that is worse when standing and/or sitting and is not controlled by medications. This may also be associated with nausea and/or vomiting.  
  • You may experience numbness or weakness immediately following the procedure, if this lasts more than 6 hours, please contact your physician. 
  • In the event of any urgent problems or questions, call your physician’s office at the number listed below from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. If you call after hours, the answering service will connect you with the on-call provider. For emergencies, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room. 
      • VMD Pain: 303-750-8100
      • VThe Denver Spine and Pain Institute: 303-327-5511
      • VOrthopedic Centers of Colorado: 303-344-9090

      GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM or CALL 911 IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING:

        • Rapid development of bowel or bladder incontinence or inability to urinate within 6 hours.
        • Loss of sensation in the groin/rectal area or loss of strength in arms or legs.
        • High fever, sudden onset of substernal chest pain, or shortness of breath.
        • Severe lethargy, weakness, inability to walk, seizures or onset of confusion.

         

        PHYSICIAN: ___________________________________   OFFICE PHONE NUMBER: _______________________________

         

        INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN BY: ____________________ RESPONSIBLE PARTY SIGNATURE: __________________________________________________

         

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