Living With a Spinal Fusion

Recovery from spinal surgery doesn’t happen overnight. What’s most important is that you maintain a strong connection with your doctor. Talk openly about how you feel and what you expect.

After Surgery

Ask your doctor about your specific recovery plan following surgery. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to recover from surgery as quickly as possible and increase your chances of a successful outcome.

Recovering from back/neck pain and surgery is an ongoing process. How fast you recover depends on the type of surgery, your commitment to working closely with your physiotherapist, and moving and exercising correctly, as recommended by your surgeon.

Your doctor will schedule office visits to check on how you are doing and see if anything else needs to be done.

Daily Living

After spinal surgery, you should focus on your recovery. Once you have healed and are back to normal activities, you probably won’t notice or feel your spinal implant.

Although most spinal implants are made of metal, such as titanium or stainless steel, they seldom cause issues with metal detectors. However, you might check to see if your spine surgeon can give you a product identification card that you can carry in your wallet. That way you can easily share your back surgery information with others.

Talk to your doctor about how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle after back surgery. Exercising and eating a healthy diet are important. Your doctor may have some helpful tips for you.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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