- How long will I have to stay in the hospital or surgery center?
- Will I need pain medication following the surgery?
- Will I need physical therapy following surgery?
- What will the pain in my legs and back be like following the surgery?
- How soon can I resume normal activity following surgery?
- Will my coflex implant set off metal detectors?
In the U.S. FDA clinical study, patients left the hospital on average in less than two days. In some cases, the surgeon may elect to perform the procedure in a surgery center, which means that some patients will not require a hospital stay.
In some cases, patients have reported using pain medication to deal with post-surgery symptoms. Based on our clinical study, 85 out of 100 coflex patients had significant pain relief at six weeks post-surgery compared to 68 out of 100 patients who had spinal fusion.
In some cases, your doctor may prescribe physical therapy to help you get back to an activity and mobility level that you can be comfortable with.
In almost all cases, your pain will be significantly relieved, because the cause of the stenosis will have been surgically remedied. Some patients do experience some pain at the site of the incision, but this usually subsides considerably in the days and weeks following surgery.
Depending on the extent of your decompression, your level of post-surgical physical activity may vary. The surgeon will likely ask you to come in for a follow-up visit approximately six weeks after your procedure. During those six weeks, the surgeon may ask you to limit your physical activity, based on various factors.
During the clinical study, walking during the first six weeks following surgery was usually acceptable and patients were allowed to travel and engage in light activity such as walking as soon as they felt they could.
It’s important to remember that you have had a surgical operation. Always follow your surgeon’s instructions on how much activity you can undertake and for how long.
The metal that makes up the coflex device may affect MR Imaging and metal detectors. You should alert any technicians that you have a titanium device implanted in your spine. You should also consider making this declaration if you’re traveling and have to pass through an electronic detection system.