Back surgery can provide significant relief for your back pain, but first you have to get through recovery. Here’s what you need to have on hand to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible while you heal:

  • Ice packs: Ice can help reduce the swelling and discomfort that can follow surgery. Ask your doctor about the best way to apply ice to your back to get relief and speed healing.
  • Laxatives: Anesthesia and bed rest can cause your bowels to become sluggish. Not every patient will need these, but it’s a good idea to have some on hand, just in case.
  • Moisturizer and lip balm: Especially in the hospital, dry air can make your skin become dry and itchy. A nice, gentle massage of the feet and legs with moisturizing cream can promote increasedcirculation and healing.
  • Backscratcher: Since your back will be stiff following surgery, a backscratcher can aid in reaching itchy spots elsewhere on your back or even your lower legs. Take great care to avoid your incision site.
  • Grabbing tool: A grabbing tool can be especially handy as your mobility may be restricted making certain bending or stretching movements challenging.
  • Long-handled shower brush: Like the backscratcher, a shower brush can help you stay clean without uncomfortable twisting or reaching. Follow your doctor’s guidelines on bathing after your surgery.
  • Water bottle: Staying hydrated is important, both in the hospital and at home. Having a water bottle – or two – on hand ensures you’re getting the fluids your body needs to heal properly.

Gathering these supplies ahead of time is an important part of making the recovery process relaxing and stress-free.