What To Expect

Spinal fusion surgery takes about two to three hours and requires about a three day Hospital stay. Patients are admitted the morning of surgery.

Day of Surgery

Routine care after spine surgery involves wound care, pain management and physical therapy.

Recovery Time

Recovering from spine surgery depends on your general health before the procedure and your level of activity. The goal of recovery is to comfortably return to the activities of daily living that are important to you. While most spine surgery is successful in relieving pain and/or improving movement, recovery does take time. Nerve root discomfort may take time to heal.

By your first postoperative visit, pain at your incision should be at a minimum. Leg pain should be improved and most patients, while still experiencing back pain, will admit to slowly diminishing discomfort. Depending upon the problem, most patients experience back pain improvement compared to preoperative pain three to six months after surgery.







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