A 48-year-old member asked:
what is the recovery like for lumbar spinal stenosis surgery?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Mark Weston answered
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
Dr. Thomas Dowling answered
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 answered
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 answered
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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