The duration of surgery and the recovery time vary widely, depending on the procedure performed. A discectomy may not require an overnight hospital stay, whereas a spinal fusion may require several days of hospitalization for observation.
Regardless of the surgery performed, NSOC pain management specialists ensure that you have the medication you need to remain comfortable while you recover. In addition, rehabilitation experts assess your level of mobility and help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.
Many people stand or walk the day after surgery, although movement may be minimal at first. Older people may need more time to recover in bed.
Follow-up appointments with your NSOC surgeon occur two weeks after any type of surgery, and then every three months for the first year if spinal fusion was performed. The doctor usually conducts an X-ray at each appointment to confirm that the spine is stable.
Every person’s recovery timeline is different. Your doctors ensure that you are making appropriate progress and can help you to prevent any complications or setbacks.