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What is the recovery like for lumbar spinal stenosis surgery?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery

In brief: 8-10 weeks

Usually 8-10 weeks.
Most patients do very well. Check out spine-health.Com.

In brief: 8-10 weeks

Usually 8-10 weeks.
Most patients do very well. Check out spine-health.Com.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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