Following spinal stenosis surgery, the patient will most likely be out of their bed within 24 hours, though pain medications will continue for a period of two to four weeks. The patient will receive guidelines on how to cautiously stand, sit, and rise post-surgery.
It is essential that the body gets sufficient time and rest to heal properly. Until the initial healing is completed, the patient should not engage in any activities that cause the spine to move frequently. The patient should also not indulge in heavy lifting or contact sports in the recovery phase.
Board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan of Southern California Hip Institute (SCHI) provides orthopedic surgery and other procedures to patients in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.
Recovery Duration for Minimally Invasive Spinal Stenosis Decompression Surgery
The minimally invasive decompression procedure may involve a 12-week recovery period. Before the surgery, the surgeon will provide post-op care instructions to assist the patient in a faster and safer recovery.
Professional care and advanced surgical techniques help patients to enjoy successful surgical results and resume their lives faster than they had thought possible.
Some facts about the successful results of a minimally invasive decompression procedure are:
- Almost 80 percent of patients return to work within a period of three months after the surgery.
- Almost 90 percent of patients resume their daily activities within a period of three months after the surgery
The patient should remain in touch with the surgeon’s office during the recovery phase. They should speak to the administrative staff if they experience any sudden discomfort during the recovery.
Recovery Period for Minimally Invasive Stabilization Surgery for Spinal Stenosis
A significant advantage with minimally invasive spinal stenosis stabilization procedure is that it usually has a 12-week timeframe for healing in comparison to between six months and one year for a traditional open back fusion. The patient should contact the surgeon’s office if they have any concerns during the healing period.
The type of spinal stenosis procedure that a patient undergoes determines the particular restrictions and care guidelines for the recovery period. The patient will receive post-operative instructions before their surgery to ensure that they know what to expect during the recovery.
Suggestions for Recovery
The patient must be vigilant after the surgery. They should report any issues such as increased pain, fever, or infection to the surgeon immediately.
Post-surgery, the patient should:
- Follow the surgeon’s instructions for the recovery
- Sit and stand correctly as advised by the surgeon
- Learn how to lift properly
- Exercise routinely (Low-impact aerobic workouts are particularly good, but the patient must check with the doctor before exercising)
- Use the correct sports equipment
- Maintain optimal body weight
- Eat a well-balanced diet that is low-fat and contains adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables as well as calcium
- Quit smoking for at least a specified time period
- Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol
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