Spinal stenosis surgery postoperative recovery
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 doctor 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 spinal stenosis decompression surgery
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 will also be given a postoperative guide 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:
- 81 percent of patients report returning to work within three months after surgery^
- 88 percent of patients report returning to daily activities within three months after surgery^
During your recovery period, you will have 24-hour access to our nurses and dedicated team. 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 months to a year recovery time following traditional open back fusion. If you have any questions during your recovery period, be sure to contact our dedicated team. We are here to ensure your recovery period is safe, healthy and efficient.
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 minimally invasive stabilization surgery outcomes:
- 70 percent of patients report returning to work within three months after surgery^
- 83 percent of patients report returning to daily activities within three months after surgery^
- Patient satisfaction score of 96 ^ for overall Laser Spine Institute minimally invasive surgery
If you are interested in our minimally invasive, outpatient treatments for your neck or back pain, please reach out to us to find out if you are a candidate for surgery by scheduling a no-cost MRI review.*