What is the recovery time for lower back surgery?
It will take about 4 to 6 weeks for you to reach your expected level of mobility and function (this will depend on the severity of your condition and symptoms before the operation). When you wake up after lumbar decompression surgery, your back may feel sore and you’ll probably be attached to 1 or more tubes.
When can I return to work after back surgery?
Recovery Time for Different Procedures
Open spine surgery patients who have non-physical jobs generally wait 6 weeks before returning to work. People with strenuous jobs who have traditional open spine surgery will be out of work for several months to as long as a year.
Is back surgery considered a disability?
While the Social Security Administration (SSA) doesn’t recognize back surgery specifically as something that will get you a grant of automatic disability benefits, the pain caused by your surgery and your underlying back problems may be enough to get you SSDI or SSI disability benefits if you are unable to work.
How long does back surgery usually take?
The procedure itself may take 1-2 hours to complete. This shortens the expected recovery to about a week or so of home rest. Your doctor may also recommend 1-2 months of limitations –against heavy lifting, bending, stooping, specific sports activities.
How long do you stay in hospital after back surgery?
You may be in the hospital for 1 to 3 days; longer if you have spinal fusion. Rest is important. But doctors want you out of bed as soon as possible. Most people start physical therapy within 24 hours.
How do you sit on the toilet after back surgery?
Use an elevated toilet seat or commode to raise the level of the toilet. Do NOT lean over your legs while sitting. 2. Wear your brace while using the bathroom.
Is back surgery worth the risk?
Back surgery might be an option if conservative treatments haven’t worked and your pain is persistent and disabling. Back surgery often more predictably relieves associated pain or numbness that goes down one or both arms or legs. These symptoms often are caused by compressed nerves in your spine.
How long are you off work for herniated disc surgery?
You need to fully heal before returning to exercise or a physically strenuous job, usually a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks. However, if you have a herniated disc that needs surgery and also have a physical job, chances are that the disc would cost you much more than a few weeks in lost wages in the long run.
Can I work after back surgery?
In some cases, healing can continue for at least a year. If you had a spinal fusion, you will probably be off work for four to six weeks if you are young and healthy and your job is not very strenuous. It may take four to six months for older people with more extensive surgery to get back to work.
Can you live a normal life after Microdiscectomy?
Seven to 12 Weeks
Most patients will be able to resume all normal activities during this period, including physical therapy if ordered by your doctor. While few particularly enjoy this part of the recovery process, it’s vitally important for long-term stabilization.
Will I need a wheelchair after spinal fusion surgery?
You may need equipment at home after surgery. The doctor, nurse, and physical therapist will review each child’s individual needs after surgery to decide what equipment will be needed. Common equipment needs include: wheelchair, bedside commode, hospital bed, shower seat, hover lift and wheeled walker.