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What to expect seven days after surgery


  • Your child should continue walks at home. Has he/she you made a lap around the house? Your child should try to get up and walk laps or even go outside three times daily.
  • If there are stairs in the home, have your child practice those.
  • You may need to help your child with rolling over and getting dressed.
  • Your child may find certain chairs are his/her favorite.
  • Your child may find that he/she likes the couch more than their bed. However, sleeping in their bed at night is best as they keep more of a normal routine.
  • Your child should practice gently rolling their shoulders and stretchingtheirr neck. This will help with muscle stiffness.
  • If your child is having trouble sleeping at night, have him/her try to only take short naps early in the afternoon so that they are awake before 4 p.m.


  • Ensure your child is are taking their Miralax. No bowel movement in two days? Call the orthopedic nurse line (414) 266-2411.
  • Your child should try to eat something high in calories and nutritious during the day every two hours.
  • Think of 6 “mini” meals.
  • Pair foods with high protein options.
  • Ideas: Crave fruit? Add cheese or a handful of nuts. Crave smoothies? Add protein powder or Greek yogurt. Crave crackers? Add peanut/almond butter or cheese.
  • Push fluids, especially water. Your child should drink at least 64 ounces of water per day if he/she is adult size.
  • Dizziness often means your child needs to drink and eat more!


  • Common complaints can shift from back/incision to muscle and rib cage, to shoulder blade pain.
  • Continue scheduled pain medications.
  • In the beginning the pain is from the incision for which the narcotics (such as Oxycodone or the narcotic prescribed) work best. However, once your child is home he/she will be more active. The pain can become more muscular in which Diazepam may work better.
  • We recommend continuing the scheduled Tylenol (Acetaminophen).
  • If needed, consider alternating Oxycodone short acting (or the narcotic prescribed) with Diazepam for muscle spasms.
  • Make sure your child continues Miralax!