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What to expect 21 days after surgery


  • This week is the transition from the “post-operative” period to the “rehabilitation” period.
  • Your child'spost-op visit is this week! He/she should eat and drink before the visit. Bring food along. This is often many patients’ first day out of the house.
  • If at the post-op visit your child's wound is healed, he/she can begin to take a shower!
  • Advise your child to continue gently rolling his/her shoulders and stretching his/her neck. This will help with muscle stiffness.
  • Are your child's nights and days still mixed up? Try to get him/her on a schedule. Try not to nap after 3:00 p.m. Try to get to bed at a reasonable time and get up at a reasonable time.
  • Your child should start practicing normal daily activities. Getting dressed, making their bed, making small snacks for themselves.
  • Your child's goal: Get your child out of the house each day or if okay with you, your child can have a friend over for a little while.
  • If you are planning for a home tutor, plan for the tutor to begin.
  • Your child should try to do a little schoolwork each day.
  • These normal daily activities are your child's prescribed rehabilitation.