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what is recovery time laminectomy and fusion surgery?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
This varies as to : The type of fusion done, number of levels involved as well as the type of instrumentation ( if any) that was used. In general, assuming normal healing ( not smoking, not a diabetic, not a revision surgery, not hypothyroid or malnourished) usually after several months for most activities with fusion 6 months to a year to all activities -closer to a year for activities like golf.
Dr. Scott Tromanhauser
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 35 years experience
6 m to 1 year: There are phases to recovery. The soft tissues around your spine will heal in 3-4 months. Pain from the surgery is better in 6 weeks. The bony fusion can take 6-12 months to finally solidify. Most patients don't appreciate their final result/outcome from that surgery until about a year after. Smoking slows recovery so stop if you are a smoker. Good nutrition always helps.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you.

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