Follow instructions. The postoperative protocols vary tremendously based upon the nature of spinal surgery performed. You would certainly make sure you know, understand and follow your surgeons instructions following surgery. Some patients start to feel better after their surgery and then do things they should not, this can cause complications and so compliance is important. Thank you for the question.
Spine care. Be careful exerting yourself and heavy lifting should be avoided.
DONT SMOKE. Don't smoke! see the physical therapist before the surgery and get used to doing the rehab exercises prior to the surgery so you will already be somewhat conditioned to doing them afterwards.