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Table 1 Summary of responses to questions on post-operative management

From: National audit of post-operative management in spinal surgery

Aspect of management Week 0 Week 1–2 Week 3–6 Week 7–12 >Week 12
Timing of post-operative review 0 10% 79.5% 10.5% 0
Duration of restriction on lifting 15% 0 20% 55% 10%
Duration of restriction on driving 18% 16% 58% 8% 0
Recommended return to sedentary work 8% 12% 72% 8% 0
Recommended return to manual work 8% 0 28% 52% 12%
Sessions of physiotherapy 0 1–2 3–6 7–12 >12
NHS patients 74% 8% 14% 4% 0
Private patients 68% 2% 22% 8% 0