How long will it take for me to recover from spinal surgery?

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A. We inform our patients of the specific risks and complications related to their particular surgery. Some generic complications include infection (1-3%), failure of fusion (2-5% per level), instrumentation problems (<1%), failure of pain to improve (% varies), nerve or cord injury (<1%), spinal fluid leak needing repair (<5%), need for future surgery (% varies), need for blood transfusion, and medical problems (heart, blood clots, ulcers, pneumonia, etc).

A. Recovery rates depend on the surgery performed. Lumbar disc surgery patients usually can recover from surgery within four to six weeks. Lumbar fusion surgery can take up to a year. Kyphoplasty has an immediate recovery. For lumbar laminectomies or decompressions for spinal stenosis, patients take usually four to eight weeks to heal from the incisional back pain, and then several months to heal from the leg discomfort.

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Sonoran Physical Therapy
and Wellness Center:

1432 South Dobson Road, Suite 209
Mesa, Arizona 85202
Phone: 602-443-6480
Web site: SonoranPT.com 

Sonoran Spine Research and
Education Foundation:

1432 South Dobson Road, Suite 201
Mesa, Arizona 85202
Mesa Phone: (602) 443-4169
Phoenix Phone: (602) 443-1424
Web site: www.spineresearch.org