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What is recovery like after surgery for spinal stenosis?

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Spinal stenosis is when the canal in your spinal column narrows. Surgery can reopen your spinal canal.

Depending on your specific operation, you may go home the same day, or stay a couple of days at the hospital. Once you’re home, it can take 3 months or more to fully recover, especially if you also had your spine fused. Your doctor probably will tell you to start walking and doing other exercises to strengthen your back.

Most people have good results from surgery and are able to return to a normal lifestyle after they heal. People tend to have less leg pain and can walk better afterward.

From: Do I Need Surgery for Spinal Stenosis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Spinal Stenosis.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Spinal Stenosis.”

The Cleveland Clinic: “Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 18, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Spinal Stenosis.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Spinal Stenosis.”

The Cleveland Clinic: “Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 18, 2018

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