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A 41-year-old member asked:

Why does it take so long to recover from back surgery?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies : It varies a lot based upon the type of surgery you had. Some surgeries have very little recovery at all, even as low as a few days. Others, such as fusions, may take even up to 6 months to fully recover. If it gets beyond that, you may need some more testing to make sure nothing else is going on.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How long could it take to recover from back surgery?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Depends on type : Fusion , micro disectomiies all vary widely 6weeks forcall surgery 6 months toayear for fusions.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

How long will it take to recover from back surgery?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Ask your surgeon as: Factors including age, health, physical & mental condition at time of surgery as well as type & extent of surgery. Complications or their absence plays a role. Minimally invasive surgery v open surgery makes a difference as does the case if a revision surgery or if it includes a fusion v decompression. The approach of the surgery through the abdomen, chest, back or combination factors in too.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to recover (say 90%) from back surgery?

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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Depend: The recovery from spinal surgery depend on the nature of the operation. For discectomy, traditional open vs micro discectomy/microendoscopic (miss) , miss is shorter. Most patient return to full activity within 6 weeks. With a fusion procedure, recovery depend on number of levels involved and how vigorous the rehab program you actively participat in. It may vary anywhere from 12 wks to many month.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Please tell me how long it takes for to have back surgery?

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Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Depends upon type: Assuming single level surgeries kyphoplasty 15-30 mins microdiskectomy-45-90 mins laminectomy-60-90 min lumbar fusion-90-120 mins cervical fusion/disk replacement 60-120 mins scoliosis fusion 180-600 mins.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How long should it take to get your energy back from surgery?

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Dr. Robert Klitzman
Sports Medicine 18 years experience
Energy: It depends on the surgery and your energy level and fitness level prior to the procedure. Certainly the better off you were prior to the surgery the faster you usually bounce back when it is done, but all surgeries are different.

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