Spinal Fusion Recovery

Spinal Fusion Recovery

If you are scheduled to undergo a spinal fusion, it is only human to be worried about the recovery following the procedure. When you chose to work with Pacific Spine Specialists, your spine expert, Dr. Timothy Keenen, will go over the entire procedure with you from top to bottom and give you a chance to ask questions, such as specifics on recovery times, limitations, etc. However, to calm your nerves in the meantime, we have put together a few helpful pieces of information regarding spinal fusion recovery.

 

Keep in mind that a spinal fusion requires a bone graft, which keeps maturing for as long as 12 to 18 months following surgery. During this time, the attention you pay to your recovery is extremely important. We suggest following your surgeon’s instructions in order to guarantee a successful operation.

 

    • Remain as healthy as possible. Prior to surgery, there are a few measures you can take that may aid in decreasing recovery time, such as:
      • Quit smoking
      • Avoid use of steroids
      • Lose weight if overweight or obese
      • Manage chronic illnesses, such as diabetes
      • Avoid use of narcotics

 

  • Plan ahead. Support is an important part of a spinal fusion recovery. Plan ahead for family, friends, or a caregiver to provide support and assistance for the days following