As you prepare for foraminal stenosis surgery, it’s important for you to ask your surgical team about what to expect after the procedure. Many patients may overlook this step, focusing only on getting through the surgery. While it’s understandable to be solely concerned about your upcoming foraminal stenosis surgery, don’t forget that your recovery plays an important role in reaching your over goal of pain relief.
Before you undergo foraminal stenosis surgery, ask your surgical team these three questions about your recovery period:
- How long after foraminal stenosis surgery before I can drive? This may not seem like one of the most important questions to ask about your recovery period, but it does help to plan the logistics of your postsurgical period. Most patients have to wait at least two weeks (sometimes longer) before being allowed to drive. That means you should have someone scheduled to take you to your doctor’s appointments, pick up your medications and groceries, and help take you to any other necessary place during that time.
- Should I expect physical therapy after foraminal stenosis surgery? Physical therapy is sometimes recommended after surgery if a patient is not healing as quickly as desired. More often than not, following the exercise guidelines in your recovery paperwork will be sufficient to help you heal properly.
- When can I return to work? Many patients who undergo minimally invasive foraminal stenosis surgery at USA Spine Care are able to return to work after two weeks. This can range from person to person, depending on the type of job you have and the progress of your recovery.
After surgery, you will have the opportunity to continue asking any questions about your recovery from foraminal stenosis surgery by contacting the 24-hour SPINE LINE at USA Spine Care. We will help guide you through your recuperation process so you can get back to the quality of life you deserve.