What Is The Recovery Process Like After Spine Surgery?

What Is The Recovery Process Like After Spine Surgery?

This Blog Covers:

  • Most people would agree surgery isn’t the most pleasant experience, but it is often necessary for life-threatening conditions or injuries.
  • Fortunately, advancements in surgery have made it minimally invasive, resulting in minimal blood loss, a reduced risk of infection, and decreased recovery time.
  • The spine specialists at American Spine explain what the recovery process is like after patients undergo a spine surgery.

On the one hand, there are many people who go their whole lives never needing surgery or interventional treatment. On the other hand, there are a number of people who need surgery to minimize pain, correct an injury or deformity, or mitigate a medical emergency. For those needing to have surgery relatively soon, there are many things you should know regarding the process.

First, patients should do some research and prep work before going under the knife to ensure a smooth recovery. Your American Spine physician will explain what to do before your surgery takes place, what you can expect immediately after, and what you should do days or weeks into recovery. Below are some guidelines for what to expect after surgery.

Immediately After Surgery

Immediately after surgery, patients are usually instructed to take it easy. During the first week, you may be told to walk a few times a day to keep the blood pumping and muscles limber. Additionally, simple, physician-approved exercises may be recommended during this stage of recovery, but only as tolerated.

1-2 Weeks After Surgery

After 1-2 weeks, patients will be asked to return to the American Spine office for their postoperative check-up. If the patient is experiencing increased swelling and muscle stiffness, a physician may administer an epidural injection to reduce these symptoms. During the 3-4 week stage of recovery, patients will be advised to begin a clinical and at-home physical therapy program. This could entail stretching exercises, hold or cold therapy, electric stimulation, or massage.

1-2 Months After Surgery

Patients should begin to notice gradual improvement in their pain levels and physical abilities a month or two after surgery. Of course, complete recovery from surgery may not be experienced for another several months.  Patients will be encouraged to follow a proper nutrition and exercise regimen, and they will be educated on the risks of tobacco use and weight gain after surgery.

At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.