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How long does it take to recover after foraminal stenosis surgery?

If you’ve decided to have foraminal stenosis surgery, you’re probably anxious to find relief from your pain, which you’ve likely been coping with for some time. Having a surgical procedure is a big and important step toward reclaiming your active lifestyle. However, you’ll need to recover fully before you return to all of the activities you enjoy.

As you plan for your foraminal stenosis surgery and the rehabilitation period that will follow, you may have some questions. Educating yourself about your expected recovery timeline can be a helpful and realistic way to prepare for your procedure. Toward that end, you are encouraged to talk with your surgeon, who can provide information that applies specifically to your unique situation.

What happens after minimally invasive foraminal stenosis surgery?

If you elect to have a minimally invasive procedure to address your foraminal stenosis, you will likely recover faster than if you opt for a traditional open spine procedure.^ Here’s a general idea of what you can expect:

  • After your surgery is complete, you’ll be taken to a recovery room, where you will wake up.
  • Once you are fully awake, a member of your treatment team will explain how to stand, walk and sit without causing yourself unnecessary pain. He or she will then help you get out of bed, walk around a bit and sit down in a nearby chair.
  • You will likely be able to have someone drive you home on the same day as your procedure. You may receive a prescription for pain medications to relieve any discomfort.
  • At some point during the next two weeks, you will see your surgeon for a post-op visit. At that time, your surgeon will evaluate how well your surgical site is healing, answer your questions and make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. He or she will also instruct you on how to gradually increase your activity level and when you might want to start thinking about returning to work.
  • After a few weeks, you’ll probably be able to resume most of your regular activities, with the exception of heavy lifting, high-impact sports and anything that involves bending or twisting your spine.

Minimally invasive foraminal stenosis surgery at USA Spine Care

If you’re interested in learning more about minimally invasive foraminal stenosis surgery, contact USA Spine Care. Our minimally invasive approach has earned a patient satisfaction score of 98. We can provide a free MRI review* to help you determine if you are a candidate for a minimally invasive outpatient procedure.

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