How long does it take to recover from spinal fusion surgery?
Michael A. King, MD
It takes approximately six weeks to recovery from spinal fusion surgery. Watch this video to learn more from Michael King, MD, from Blake Medical Center.
Learn the difference between recovery time for spinal fusion and other types of spine surgery in this video featuring Mark Myers, MD, spine surgeon at Frankfort Medical Center.
Ronald B. Tolchin, DO
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
The length of recovery depends on many factors, including the patient's needs and the type of spine fusion surgery performed. 
The spine is not actually fused at the time of the surgery. The surgery actually creates the conditions for the spine to be able to fuse. Fusion is a process that can take anywhere between 6 and 18 months.
The first few months following surgery will likely be very limiting for the patient. Patients may also require prescription painkillers, muscle relaxants, or anti-inflammatory drugs after fusion surgery. Medications may have serious side effects, so always consult with your doctor.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Full recovery after spinal fusion surgery can take more than a year. Watch the video for more on outcomes of spinal fusion.

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