How long does it take to recover from a scoliosis surgery?
The answer to this question depends on the patient’s circumstances. Recovery time differs based on the age of the patient, the curvature of his or her spine, his or her overall health and the type of surgery performed. For adult patients, degenerative scoliosis surgery is approached in two main ways – open spine surgery and minimally invasive procedures. In open spine surgery, large incisions are created and muscle tissues are torn or cut to access the spine. That process can cause permanent damage to muscles and add to the recovery time, which can take up to a year. On the other hand, minimally invasive procedures, such as those offered by Laser Spine Institute, have the potential to greatly shorten a patient’s recovery time ^ compared to open spine surgery because they require only small muscle-sparing incisions.
What minimally invasive scoliosis surgery entails
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive surgery that can be used to help with the symptoms of adult degenerative scoliosis. Our procedures help with the spinal nerve compression that can result from changes in the spine structure and some procedures can slow down the progression of the curvature.
Our surgeons can adjust the spine to bring it closer to a normal alignment, and then use artificial discs and/or bone graft materials to better stabilize the spinal column. Throughout the procedure, our surgeons use muscle-sparing techniques to limit damage to the tissue surrounding the spine, reducing the risk of complications, as compared to patients who choose to undergo traditional open spinal fusion procedures for their degenerative scoliosis.
The recovery process
With any surgery, recovery will be different from one patient to the next. This holds true for minimally invasive spine surgery for addressing degenerative scoliosis. If you are considering having surgery to treat the symptoms of scoliosis, be sure to consult with your physician and/or surgeon to understand your specific path to recovery. Some people require more time than others to return to their daily routine and to incorporate new activities that might have previously been difficult due to their spinal curvature. The keys to recovery are to be realistic about your capabilities and to listen to what your medical care providers and your body are telling you.
To learn more about Laser Spine Institute and to see if you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive degenerative scoliosis surgery, contact us today.