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

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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Varies

Varies based upon type of surgery done, type of anesthesia, any medical issues etc.
routine is usually 39-60 minutes, but can vary quite a bit.

In brief: Varies

Varies based upon type of surgery done, type of anesthesia, any medical issues etc.
routine is usually 39-60 minutes, but can vary quite a bit.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology

In brief: It depends

Back surgery can vary widely--it can be a tiny incision for a microdiskectomy or a long incision for a spinal fusion.
Pain requirements can vary a lot from patient to patient, partly depending on how much pain medication was taken prior to surgery. Patients stay in the recovery room until their pain is controlled and vital signs are stable. This can take 30 minutes to several hours.

In brief: It depends

Back surgery can vary widely--it can be a tiny incision for a microdiskectomy or a long incision for a spinal fusion.
Pain requirements can vary a lot from patient to patient, partly depending on how much pain medication was taken prior to surgery. Patients stay in the recovery room until their pain is controlled and vital signs are stable. This can take 30 minutes to several hours.
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Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: About an hour

The time spent in the recovery room after spine surgery depends on the length and complexity of the surgery as well as the health of the patient.
If a patient has a lot of medical problems, the patient can spend some additional time in the recovery room to insure they are stable prior to moving to a less acute environment. On average its about an hour.

In brief: About an hour

The time spent in the recovery room after spine surgery depends on the length and complexity of the surgery as well as the health of the patient.
If a patient has a lot of medical problems, the patient can spend some additional time in the recovery room to insure they are stable prior to moving to a less acute environment. On average its about an hour.
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