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what is the recovery like for lumbar spinal stenosis surgery?

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Dr. Mark Weston
30 years experience 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 on Apr 29, 2017
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience 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 on Jul 22, 2018
Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience Neurosurgery
8-10 weeks: Usually 8-10 weeks. Most patients do very well. Check out spine-health.Com.
Answered on Nov 25, 2013
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience 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 on Jun 2, 2017

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