Generally, you would be admitted one or two days prior to the day of surgery. You would be advised to stay starving after dinner the previous night. Surgery would generally be carried out the next day morning. Donors for blood should ideally be arranged through some personal contacts. This is recommended so that the patient gets fresh blood and also, minimizes the risk of inadvertent disease transmission through blood transfusion. After the surgery, on the 2nd/ 3rd day, you would be made to walk. Sutures [stitches] would be removed generally anywhere from the 10th to 14th day following the surgery. By this time, you would be walking around and essentially be independent in doing activities of daily life. You would be allowed to take bath 48 hours after the suture removal. For 3-4 weeks, you would be allowed restricted mobilization within the house. You would be encouraged to gradually increase all your activities in weekly increments. If the patient is a student, she/ he can resume studies after about 1 month. For about 6 months at least, you would not be allowed to bend forwards, lift up weights, travel on 2-wheelers/ auto rickshaws/ jeeps, sit on the floor, or use Indian type of toilet commode. You may have to use a spinal brace for about 6 months at least, depending on the nature of your problem as also the nature of your surgery. You would not be allowed to smoke for lifelong, as it hampers with the nutrition of the intervertebral discs in the spine.