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What is the recovery like for lumbar spinal stenosis surgery?

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Dr. Mark Weston answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery

6weeks to heal: Inscional pain muscular spasm for6 weeks overnight in hosp , rest and hope for no complication you can't adjust healing speed with effort.

Answered 4/29/2017

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Dr. Thomas Dowling answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery

This is dependent on: Several factors including one's health status & physical conditioning, any associated instability of the spine, whether obese &/or a smoker, any underlying diabetes or neuropathy, evidence of any peripheral vascular disease-but in general, when indicated appropriately , 85% success rate --generally 6-8 week recovery depending on number of levels involved in spine that has not had any prior surgery.

Answered 7/22/2018

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Dr. Kevin Vaught answered

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8-10 weeks: Usually 8-10 weeks. Most patients do very well. Check out spine-health.Com.

Answered 11/25/2013

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Dr. Edward Hellman answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Varies: It varies tremendously based upon the nature of the surgery. Some really small decompression have very minimal recovery of even several days, a multiple level fusion may take several months. I would discuss directly with your surgeon if it got to that point.

Answered 6/2/2017

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