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How long to recuperate after a double spinal fusion

I'm 3 weeks post-op and I'm still very sore and have knots in my back I'm not sure I guess this is normal but I'd like to know if anybody else has been through this and how long it's taking you to get back to not being sore



  • hi misspriss

    welcome to spine-health

    you are in very early recovery from fusion, so patience is very important.  the fusion side of the operation can take a long time to complete, so you need to get instructions/advice from your surgeon/medical team about this.  i was given a leaflet when i left hospital that i could refer to and that gave lots of good information.

    try to mobilise and walk little and often but do not overdo it this early in recovery.  your body should guide you on a baseline and then gradually increase from there.

    i have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules.  there is lots of material to research on spine-health that will give you the power of knowledge.

    welcome to spine health




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  • It took me 5 weeks before I was feeling mostly ok, meaning most of the pain and soreness were gone. I still have issues (muscle twitching and some weakness) and it's been 3 years. As AJ said it's a long recovery and it is different for each person. Remember you had a very invasive surgery done. There is a lot of healing going on. I'm 3 weeks post-op from my 3rd surgery and I have to remind myself that sometimes. 


    It's not a sprint, it's a marathon 

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  • If it was a posterior approach, it will be sore for longer due to the thicker muscles being cut to gain access. An anterior approach usually involves shorter-term discomfort—but is less often done except for cervical fusion (where they like to go in though the throat area rather than cut the muscles at the back of the neck.)

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