Four tips to help your recovery from spinal narrowing surgery go as smoothly as possible
Spinal narrowing, also called canal stenosis, occurs when an underlying spinal condition, such as a bone spur or bulging disc, narrows the spinal canal. When symptoms do not respond to conservative treatments after weeks or months, it may be time to consider spinal narrowing surgery as a next step.
Recovering from spinal narrowing surgery
Knowing what to expect before, during and after surgery can help you prepare in advance. In particular, being prepared for what comes after the surgery can help you have a smoother recovery. Here are some tips to help you with the recovery process:
- Be patient. Give yourself plenty of time to rest following your spinal narrowing surgery. It will take some time for your body to fully heal, and everyone’s recovery is different. Some of the factors that will influence the length of your recovery include the severity of the spinal narrowing and the type of surgery used to treat it.
- Plan ahead. It will take some time before you’re able to return to your normal routines. Planning ahead with meal preparation and other day-to-day tasks before the surgery can allow you to focus on your recovery afterwards. Having a support team of family members, friends and neighbors who can lend a hand during the recovery can also make things easier for you.
- Stay active. While you may need to rest immediately following the procedure, staying active with gentle exercises or stretches is important for a successful recovery. It can help keep your muscles strong and flexible while preventing scar tissue from causing mobility problems.
- Ask questions. Before and after the procedure, your physician will provide you with information about what to expect following your spinal narrowing surgery. If you have questions or concerns at any point about your recovery, you should contact your surgeon or physician to get the answers you need.
Spinal narrowing surgery at Laser Spine Institute
Laser Spine Institute specializes in minimally invasive procedures that are not only a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery but also have no lengthy recovery time.^ If you’d like to find out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive spinal narrowing surgery at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today.