Most patients are under general anesthesia, so a short recovery period is necessary following the procedure.
Immediately following surgery
When you wake from recovery, you may be encouraged to get up and walk almost immediately, taking into consideration your overall health at the time of surgery. Since there is no fusion, and therefore no healing bone to wait for, you’ll most likely be able to do this right after your procedure. You’ll notice that your pain has been significantly relieved, and your spine should feel stable and strong. Most patients do need to wait several days following the surgery for the incision wound to heal.¹
Weeks and months following surgery
In the weeks and months following surgery, your recovery depends on a number of factors, including the degree of your stenosis and the extent of the decompression that was performed. Most patients are able to return to normal activity, and even expanded activity such as golf, cycling, or gardening, within weeks of the surgery. Some patients may require physical therapy to help with mobility and flexibility.¹