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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

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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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?

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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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

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Please tell me how long it takes for to have back surgery?

Please tell me how long it takes for to have back surgery?

Depends upon type: Assuming single level surgeries
kyphoplasty 15-30 mins
microdiskectomy-45-90 mins
laminectomy-60-90 min
lumbar fusion-90-120 mins
cervical fusion/disk replacement 60-120 mins
scoliosis fusion 180-600 mins. ...Read more

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

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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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 have scoliosis back surgery?

How long does it take to have scoliosis back surgery?

Depends on severity: The procedure can take anywhere from 3 or 4 hours, to much longer. It depends on the severity of the curve, how many segments need to be fused, and if there are any congenital anomalies that need to be addressed (ie. Hemivertebrae). ...Read more

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I need to have back surgery I am down to 10 smokes a day how long will it take for nicotine to not show up and whats the best way to totally quit thos?

I need to have back surgery I am down to 10 smokes a day how long will it take for nicotine to not show up and whats the best way to totally quit thos?

Great job: Great job and keep up the good work! Non smokers do tremendously better with elective spinal surgery than smokers. It is generally thought that nicotine stays in your system about 4-6 weeks after your last cigarette. Non nicotine meds would be better than medications containing nicotine to help quit; Chantix is just one example. Don't hesitate to seek help as well. ...Read more

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Could I take prednisone to help heal from back surgery?

Could I take prednisone to help heal from back surgery?

Depends: Steroids, such as prednisone, can be prescribed when back surgery is performed. The most common usage is to minimize nerve pain from swelling, but also to assist in nerve recovery in situations with severe pre-op and/or post-op weakness. If prescribed, it is usually for short-term usage. With long-term use, Prednisone may slow wound healing, raise blood sugars, and delay fusion maturation. ...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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I had major back surgery on january 6 the replace three disc and spinal fusion i'm doing pt how long will it take for me to get my energy back?

I had major back surgery on january 6 the replace three disc and spinal fusion i'm doing pt how long will it take for me to get my energy back?

Back surgery: This answer depends on many factors. Your doctor is the one that knows your exact situation and can answer your questions. ...Read more

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How risky is for a 72 year old female have back surgery to align 2 vertrebass out of place are pinching nerves causing severe back pain and leg crams?

How risky is for a 72 year old female have back surgery to align 2 vertrebass out of place are pinching nerves causing severe back pain and leg crams?

Depends : The surgery that you describe in general is a big surgery that sounds like it would involve a fusion and spinal instrumentation. That being said, these are surgeries that are done frequently with good results. The things that make these surgeries risky are concurrent medical issues:heart problems, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis etc. The risk is also decreased with the experience of the surgeon. ...Read more

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What are cures for chronic nerve pain caused by back surgery scar tissue pressing on the nerves.L4, l5, l5, s1?

What are cures for chronic nerve pain caused by back surgery scar tissue pressing on the nerves.L4, l5, l5, s1?

If all other causes : Have been ruled out then time and medication can help along with various pain management techniques ranging from injections to a spinal cord stimulator. ...Read more

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After lower back surgery in 04-20-I5 was left with foot drop. only stand -walk w walker. if L4 or L5 nerves damaged will it show on MRI. can it B fixe?

After lower back surgery in 04-20-I5 was left with foot drop. only stand -walk w walker. if L4 or L5 nerves damaged will it show on MRI. can it B fixe?

Not best test: Emg confirms nerve damage and dysfunction Mri searches for correctable causes of new post op neurologic deficits after surgery post op L5 injuries and foot drops have a poor recovery rate in general a AFO brace can make a big difference in return to function , i favored the ottobach afo for my foot drop recovery is generally prolonged and incomplete but not unheard of good luck recover or adapt ...Read more

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How long after back surgery will someone start to feel better?

DEPEND: There are many different types of back surgery for many different problems. Younger individual tend to recover quicker than the older patient. You should speak to your surgeon regarding his/her patient experience for the type of surgery you will or has undergone. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to start working out after back surgery?

Backsurgery: After back surgery it's always good to check with your surgeon. At any rate try to remain active and mobile. ...Read more

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Is it common to take lovenox (enoxaparin) during back surgery?

Is it common to take lovenox (enoxaparin) during back surgery?

Fairly common: Low molecular weight Heparin (lovenox) and other anticoagulants are used to prevent the development of blood clots in the legs after surgery (deep vein thrombosis). Development of clots can be catastrophic as it can result in a clot getting loose and going to the lungs (pulmonary embolism). The choice is usually made by the surgeon taking into account surgical factors and bleeding risk. ...Read more

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How long should one wait to return to gymnastics after back surgery?

How long should one wait to return to gymnastics after back surgery?

Depends: Definitely depends on the type of surgery performed. Some back surgeries have little or no restrictions postoperatively. Many have restrictions on physical activities for 6-8 weeks. You should definitely ask your surgeon. Thanks for the question. ...Read more

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How long do people typically stay in the recovery room after back surgery?

How long do people typically stay in the recovery room after back surgery?

Depends: Most patients require at least an hour in the recovery room, depending on the procedure and type of anesthesia. For more complex and multiple hour surgeries, it common to see longer times for the patients to fully emerge from anesthesia. With significant medical issues, there are patients who may be sent directly to an intensive care unit for recovery and extubation. ...Read more

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How long does leg swellong last after back surgery?

How long does leg swellong last after back surgery?

Depends: Leg swelling is not normal after back surgery. Blood clots in the leg should be ruled out if this is a new phenomenon that developed in the days and early weeks post-op. ...Read more

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Could the amount of pain pills I take affect how the anesthetics will work for me during back surgery?

Yes: The higher amounts or longer term use of narcotic pain medications used before an operation can affect the anesthetic use during surgery. You need to be sure and inform your anesthesiologist so that they are aware and can plan accordingly. ...Read more

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I am having back surgery in 6 days and i may be getting sick. Is it safe to take this cold medication, before surgery?

I am having back surgery in 6 days and i may be getting sick. Is it safe to take this cold medication, before surgery?

Yes but tell surgeon: Best not to be sick prior to any surgery especially spine surgery. Best if you have a cold to postpone surgery. Speak to your surgeon and the day of surgery the anesthesiologist may advise you to delay surgery till you are healthy. ...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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