How long does it take to recover from a scoliosis surgery?

The recovery time for scoliosis surgery depends on a large number of factors. It can differ based on the age of the patient, curvature of the spine, overall state of health and the type of surgery performed. For adult patients, degenerative scoliosis surgery can be approached in two main ways: traditional open spine surgery and minimally invasive procedures. In open spine surgery, a large incision is made to access the spine, which disrupts surrounding muscles. Risks and difficulties of traditional open spine surgery include overnight hospitalization and a lengthy recovery process, which can take up to a year.

In contrast, minimally invasive procedures, such as those offered by Laser Spine Institute, can offer a shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional open spine surgery through the use of muscle-sparing techniques that only require a small incision.

Minimally invasive scoliosis surgery

At Laser Spine Institute, we provide minimally invasive spine surgery that can be used to help with the symptoms of adult degenerative scoliosis. Our procedures treat spinal nerve compression that can result from changes in the spine structure while our minimally invasive stabilization surgery can potentially slow down the progression of the curvature.

In all of our procedures, our highly skilled surgeons use muscle-sparing techniques to limit damage to the tissue surrounding the spine, reducing the risk of complications compared to patients who undergo traditional open spine surgery^ 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 that addresses degenerative scoliosis. If you are considering having surgery to treat the symptoms of scoliosis, be sure to consult with your physician and 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, contact us today.

We’re happy to provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.