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A 48-year-old member asked:

What is the recovery like for lumbar spinal stenosis surgery?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
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.
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 42 years experience
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.
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
30 years experience
8-10 weeks: Usually 8-10 weeks. Most patients do very well. Check out spine-health.Com.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
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.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

Does lumbar spinal stenosis require surgery?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Loren Lewis
Occupational Medicine 36 years experience
Not always: Usually, unless there is a need for urgent surgical intervention, a trial of conservative therapy is attempted. This may consist of combinations of physical therapy, medication, and epidural injections, most commonly, there is no urgent or emergent issue and surgery is performed for symptom relief and to improve function rather than for alleviating an emergent structural problem.
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Last updated Jul 22, 2018

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