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How long does it take to recover from facet syndrome surgery?

The most accurate answer that we can give you about facet syndrome surgery recovery time is that it varies from person to person. In fact, we recommend that you discuss this topic with your physician and/or surgeon to get a timeframe that considers all of the factors that make your surgery unique.

Without knowing all the variables about your operation, we can’t even give you a ballpark estimate about your recovery time, but we can explain the different factors that your physician will think about when he or she gives you an estimate.

Your overall health

It’s generally known that younger people and people who are healthier overall will heal faster from surgery than other patients. Also, people who have chronic health conditions have to factor in how their conditions may affect and potentially complicate the healing process. Your physician should have a complete picture of your history to draw from to make such an assessment, so be sure that you disclose any known conditions to him or her when discussing facet syndrome surgery.

How bad your condition is

Depending on how much of the spine has been affected by facet syndrome and how much damage it has done, your surgery may be more or less extensive. Having surgery at multiple levels of the spine usually means a longer recovery time for the patient, simply by the scope of the operation.

What type of surgery you opt for

In many cases, patients can address their facet syndrome through one of several surgical approaches. These approaches can be classified as either traditional, open spine surgery, or minimally invasive spine surgery, which is what is practiced at USA Spine Care. Our minimally invasive operations are often the clinically appropriate first choice and provide many advantages versus open neck or back surgery, including faster recovery.^ This stands in contrast to traditional spine surgery, which can require weeks or months of recovery time.

Contact USA Spine Care today to learn more about the outpatient surgery that we offer for patients with facet disease.

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