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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