Spine Surgery Recovery

Undergoing any type of spine surgery will have some level of trauma on the body. At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, it is our goal to assist patients in setting proper expectation both before and after surgery.

After your procedure at the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, you will be given specific recovery guidelines. These guidelines are personalized to your conditions, the procedure performed and your specific lifestyle. It is very important that during the first few weeks after your surgery you follow these guidelines carefully. Though most patients can feel significant relief from pain during this time, it is important to remember that your body is still in recovery.

Patients may experience some level of postoperative pain or discomfort following their surgery. This is a common part of the recovery process.

Weeks 1-2

Recovery varies based on the type of procedure performed.  Stabilization procedures can require a longer recovery than decompression procedures.  The first weeks after surgery, you may begin to notice your strength returning. This is wonderful! However, it is still important to follow your postoperative guidelines in regards to weight restrictions and activity. Even though you are feeling better, this is the most vulnerable time for re-injury, so we always caution patients to be careful and follow their physician’s instructions.

Weeks 3-4

During these two weeks, your guidelines will explain a gradual plan to reintroducing certain activities and lifting measures. These will assist you in getting back to the life that you love. It is still important during this time to pace yourself, your body is still recovering! It is very important to be patient with your body and the recovery process.

Weeks 6+

After about six weeks, you should be nearly back to enjoying your life, depending on your activity level and specific procedure you underwent.

During your entire recovery time, you will have access to our skilled team of doctors and nurses. They will be available to answer any questions you may have, as well as assist you in navigating your postoperative journey.

If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact our office today.

If you are suffering from lower back pain, do not wait to find the relief that you deserve. Begin the process to reclaiming your quality of life today by contacting us. We will help you navigate your diagnosis, understand your condition, symptoms and the available treatment options.

Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.