What should the nurse do if a male client has undergone spinal surgery?
A. Observe the client’s bowel movement and voiding patterns B. Log-roll the client to prone position C. Assess the client’s feet for sensation and circulation D. Encourage client to drink plenty of fluids
The answer to this is letter C. If there is any difference with the way that the client feels or if the circulation is not the same, this may indicate that there is some damage to the spinal cord that was sustained during the spinal surgery. This should be assessed soon so that possible treatments and interventions can be done.
Spinal surgery is always known to be risky because it would involve the removal of some ligament or bone spurs from the back. This can help ease the pain that may be felt in the back area but at the same time, this might also make the spineless stable.