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How long should it take for nerves to heal after back surgery?

How long should it take for nerves to heal after back surgery?

Depends: This depends on how long & severe the compression was as well as the underlying "health" of the nerve-the age of the person, is diabetes involved, a vitamin deficiency, a prior injury or surgery to that nerve, toxic exposure- all play role in prognosis or ability of the nerve to "heal" over time. For most, pain is usually alleviated once nerve is decompressed, but neurologic recovery is variable. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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How long do nerves and muscles take to heal after back surgery?

How long do nerves and muscles take to heal after back surgery?

It varies: It depends on how much irritation there was before surgery, how long it was there, and how much of those tissues were manipulated during that procedure. Many will improve quickly (days to weeks), others take months, and some never fully recover. Follow your surgeon's instructions, and ask questions if your recovery is delayed. ...Read more

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I have just had back surgery to take pressure off my nerves 3 days ago. Is it normal to have muscle pain in your leg while it heals?

I have just had back surgery to take pressure off my nerves 3 days ago. Is it normal to have muscle pain in your leg while it heals?

Advice as a patient: Experienced this firsthand. Don't despair. It gets better. I'm symptom-free 7+ years later. Even with success, you may still get occasional symptoms. Best advice, maintain normal weight as best you can and stay active. When i got lazy and gained weight, my symptoms started flaring up until i lost it. ...Read more

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I have numbness in my leg after back surgery how long will it take to go away?

I have numbness in my leg after back surgery how long will it take to go away?

Talk to MD: The nerves may have been damaged or bruised by either the operation or the disease that caused you to seek surgery. These nerves can take a long time to recover, and sometimes do not. The best judge of this is your surgeon. Talk to them about your concerns. If needed get a second opinion if not satisfied. ...Read more

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How long will my numbness take to go away i'm my leg after having back surgery?

How long will my numbness take to go away i'm my leg after having back surgery?

From immediate to...: There can be immediate complete or partial relief to within hours, days months, years to never with most if going to recover, within 6 months. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from back surgery?

How long will it take to recover from back surgery?

Ask your surgeon as: Factors including age, health, physical & mental condition at time of surgery as well as type & extent of surgery. Complications or their absence plays a role. Minimally invasive surgery v open surgery makes a difference as does the case if a revision surgery or if it includes a fusion v decompression. The approach of the surgery through the abdomen, chest, back or combination factors in too. ...Read more

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How long could it take to recover from back surgery?

Depends on type : Fusion , micro disectomiies all vary widely 6weeks forcall surgery 6 months toayear for fusions. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will recovery take for back surgery?

Can someone tell me how long will recovery take for back surgery?

Depends on Type: Could be a few weeks to a few months, depending on what type of spine surgery was performed. Ask your surgeon to go over the specific surgery he/she is proposing for you including the expected recovery course. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover (say 90%) from back surgery?

Depend: The recovery from spinal surgery depend on the nature of the operation. For discectomy, traditional open vs micro discectomy/microendoscopic (miss) , miss is shorter. Most patient return to full activity within 6 weeks. With a fusion procedure, recovery depend on number of levels involved and how vigorous the rehab program you actively participat in. It may vary anywhere from 12 wks to many month. ...Read more

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Why does it take so long to recover from back surgery?

Why does it take so long to recover from back surgery?

Varies : It varies a lot based upon the type of surgery you had. Some surgeries have very little recovery at all, even as low as a few days. Others, such as fusions, may take even up to 6 months to fully recover. If it gets beyond that, you may need some more testing to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more

Back Surgery (Definition)

Any surg that enters the muscles & beyond. Usually means involving work on the bone structurs disks r considered back surgery. They include a multitude of procedures. 2 ...Read more


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