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How long does it generally take to recover from spinal fusion surgery?
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Weeks to months
Recovery from a spinal fusion can be considered in two phases.
The first would be a recovery from the pain of the procedure, which varies based upon the surgical approach used, the number of levels fused, and the associated pathologies treated. This takes about 2 to 4 weeks. The second phase, which is the actual bone healing, takes about a minimum of 5 months to occur clinically.

In brief: Weeks to months
Recovery from a spinal fusion can be considered in two phases.
The first would be a recovery from the pain of the procedure, which varies based upon the surgical approach used, the number of levels fused, and the associated pathologies treated. This takes about 2 to 4 weeks. The second phase, which is the actual bone healing, takes about a minimum of 5 months to occur clinically.
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Dr. Roger Frankel
Nerve symptoms can improve rapidly, but can take 12-18 months to see as much recovery as is likely to occur. Some nerve symptoms never completely resolve.
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery
In brief: 3-6 months
Surgical pain can last 2-3 months, less with minimally invasive techniques.
Patients will need pt once the surgical pain is reduced. Actual fusion can take 6-12 months, as documented by x-rays or ct scan.

In brief: 3-6 months
Surgical pain can last 2-3 months, less with minimally invasive techniques.
Patients will need pt once the surgical pain is reduced. Actual fusion can take 6-12 months, as documented by x-rays or ct scan.
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