You should be careful to prevent any water from touching your skin at the operation site, for at least five days after the operation. Nowadays, as the incisions are usually closed with hidden stitches, you can remove the dressing and have a shower at the end of this period after the lumbar surgery. But if it is told that you should have your stitches removed, then you should have them removed on the seventh day – but before that, your operation site must stay covered with dressing.
It would be appropriate to spend the first week mostly at home and usually by resting in bed; and after the first week, you can go out from the house and even go to work for a short period. When a month has passed; you will start having physiotherapy somewhere close to your work or home, again for a full month. The exercises that will be taught to you during the physical therapy sessions must then become a part of your life.
After physical therapy, and after one more month of exercise (so by the end of the third month), you can now become a member of a sports hall, perform heavy sports and return to hard work. The analgesic, muscle relaxant and antibiotics prescribed to you after surgery will only be used for the period of time that your surgeon will tell you and then you will stop taking them. Do not forget that you underwent surgery to get rid of the drugs and to have a better quality of life.
Lie on a hard bed, not on the ground or on a hard board; that is, on an ordinary spring bed. Do not sleep on the couch or elsewhere. Change your bed every eight years. In the restroom, always sit on the toilet seat. Do not sit on an armchair but on a chair; and do not lean back.
Protect your back from cold. Do not make unstable and compelling movements; for example, do not lift very heavy objects and carry weight in one hand. Do not sit for long periods in unsuitable positions. If you are told to use a corset for a certain period of time, never forget wearing it while you are sitting and standing; but do not use your corset for a period more than the one recommended to you. Of course, all of this is true only if your surgeon did not tell anything to you to the contrary.