A member asked:

What is the recovery like for lumbar spinal stenosis surgery?

5 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Mark Weston answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery

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

Answered Apr 29, 2017


Dr. Thomas Dowling answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery

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 Jul 22, 2018


Dr. Kevin Vaught answered

Specializes in

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

Answered Nov 25, 2013


Dr. Edward Hellman answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

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 Jun 2, 2017



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