Disc replacement surgery recovery

When you undergo open spine disc replacement surgery, recovery is an extremely important step in the treatment process. While many patients put a lot of focus on preparing for their surgery, they sometimes forget that taking care of themselves after surgery is just as important as the procedure itself. To learn about the recovery process after undergoing open spine disc replacement surgery as well as the alternative forms of treatment available that are less invasive, read the following article.

Recovery steps for disc replacement surgery

After your open back disc replacement surgery, you will need to remain in the hospital for two to five days. In many cases, a physical therapist will visit you during your hospital stay to make sure you are able to walk and move properly. He or she can also show you recommended exercises to do at home to help speed along your recovery.

When you are cleared to return home after traditional open back disc replacement surgery, the steps you take in the following weeks are critical to your recovery. Following your postsurgical instructions carefully will increase the likelihood that you achieve lasting pain relief. Most care plans will include the following steps:

  • Avoiding smoking cigarettes and consuming alcohol
  • Keeping the incision clean and dry
  • Returning to the hospital for follow-up imagery to make sure everything is healing correctly
  • Following your physical therapy routine
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including daily low-impact exercises and a nutritious diet

Alternatives to traditional disc replacement surgery

Open spine disc replacement surgery is an option for finding pain relief from many spine conditions, but it has traditionally required large incisions between 6 to 8 inches that lead to a long recovery period. However, the minimally invasive procedures at Laser Spine Institute provides a safer and effective alternative to open spine surgery^ that can dramatically reduce disc replacement surgery recovery time.

The highly skilled surgeons at Laser Spine Institute can perform minimally invasive stabilization surgeries using small muscle-sparing incisions that lead to a shorter recovery time and lower risk of complication compared to traditional procedures.^ Contact us today to learn more about the advantages of our minimally invasive spine surgery.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, our dedicated team has helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from chronic neck or back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient disc replacement procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.*