Traditional vs. minimally invasive neck surgery recovery

It’s natural for patients to invest a great amount of time into choosing a spine surgery center and preparing for a cervical spine (neck) procedure, but the real success of a procedure isn’t truly determined until after the surgery. That’s why a healthy neck surgery recovery is crucial to finding lasting relief from chronic pain and discomfort. To learn about the various recovery periods available for neck surgery, read the following article.

Different procedures mean different recovery periods

Each patient’s recovery experience will differ, depending on the type of spinal neck surgery performed and the specific condition. In fact, many patients choose a surgery they feel will have a recuperative period that least disrupts their lives. For instance, with neck surgery recovery for traditional open neck procedures, such as open spine disc removal and traditional open spine fusion, patients should expect to remain in the hospital between two to five days, so their surgeon can monitor the site of incision for signs of infection, complication or inflammation. Once at home, patients will most likely adhere to a program of physical therapy. A return to full activity may take anywhere from several months to a year.

On the other hand, if you are a candidate for the minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, these neck surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, which means that there is no hospital stay and patients can be up and walking within a few hours of surgery.^ Because there is no muscle trauma involved and the incision is small, the risk of infection or complication is greatly reduced and patients are provided with a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck surgery.^

The role of physical activity in the recovery process

After your neck surgery, recovery should always include some level of physical activity or low-impact exercises like walking or biking. Becoming sedentary will cause you to lose muscle mass, flexibility, strength and circulation, all of which can make the recuperative process extremely lengthy, if not impossible. Working with a physical therapist after your procedure can ensure that your body is working to heal itself.

Minimally invasive neck treatment

If you feel that the possible risks and the lengthy recovery period of a traditional open spine surgery are not for you, the dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute may be able to help. Our minimally invasive procedures have no lengthy recovery and 83 percent of our patients report returning to their daily activities within three months after surgery.^ Contact Laser Spine Institute today for more information or for a free review of your MRI or CT scan.*