Spinal Stenosis — postoperative recovery time for spinal stenosis surgery

Recovery Times

Spinal stenosis can be caused by several different factors. The most common cause of spinal stenosis is the natural aging and gradual degeneration of the spine. However, other spine conditions, such as herniated or bulging disc, bones spurs or spondylolisthesis, can contribute to spinal stenosis by narrowing the space between the spinal canal and the diseased portion of the spine.

Before minimally invasive spine surgery can be performed to treat your spinal stenosis, you must first consult a physician to determine the cause and severity of your condition. Often, the severity of your spinal stenosis will dictate which type of surgery you need: minimally invasive decompression surgery or minimally invasive stabilization surgery. Your recovery time will vary depending on the type of surgery you undergo.

Recovery time for minimally invasive decompression surgery for spinal stenosis

We have two common minimally invasive decompression procedures that are used to treat spinal stenosis: foraminotomy and laminotomy.

While the specific details of your recovery might change depending on the type of surgery you receive, all minimally invasive decompression surgeries allow for a 12-week recovery period. Prior to your minimally invasive decompression surgery for spinal stenosis, your surgeon or nurse will explain the postoperative guidelines to help you recover in a healthy and timely manner. You and your Care Partner will also be given a postoperative guide book to help you through the process.

Our patient care and superior surgical techniques allow our patients to experience successful surgical outcomes and return to their lives quicker than they imagined. Take a look at our most recent successful outcomes for minimally invasive decompression surgery:

  • 86% of patients report returning to work within three months after surgery
  • 91% of patients report returning to daily activities within three months after surgery
  • 98% of patients state they would recommend us to a friend or family member (overall patients of Laser Spine Institute)

During your recovery period, you will have 24-hour access to our nurses and care team via the SPINE LINE. Please reach out to our team if you have questions or are experiencing unexpected discomfort during your recovery. Remember, you may be sore for the first few days following your surgery.

Recovery time for minimally invasive stabilization surgery for spinal stenosis

Much like the minimally invasive decompression surgery, we offer two main types of minimally invasive stabilization surgery to treat spinal stenosis: transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and anterior cervical discectomy fusion.

One of the many advantages of Laser Spine Institute is that our minimally invasive stabilization surgery typically has a 12-week recovery period, as opposed to the six month to a year recovery time following traditional open back fusion.

The specific restrictions and guidelines of your recovery will be determined by the type of minimally invasive surgery that is performed to treat your spinal stenosis. You will be given a postoperative packet prior to your surgery so you can know what to expect after your minimally invasive stabilization surgery.

Take a look at some of our success rates for minimally invasive stabilization surgery outcomes:

  • 79% of patients report returning to work within three months after surgery
  • 88% of patients report returning to daily activities within three months after surgery
  • 97% patient satisfaction rate for overall Laser Spine Institute minimally invasive surgery

If you have any questions during your recovery period, please contact your SPINE LINE for counsel. Our team is here to ensure your recovery period is safe, healthy, and efficient.

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