Frequently Asked Questions –
Interspinous Spacer

How long a recovery period can I expect after surgery?

Following your discharge from the hospital, physiotherapy may be recommended. Your doctor may schedule a follow-up exam approximately six weeks later. While your doctor may impose limitations on your physical activities in the weeks following your operation, you may be able to travel and engage in light activity as soon as you feel able.

In some cases, normal activity may be resumed with 2-6 weeks after the procedure, provided your doctor has given you permission to do so.

If you are planning to have other diagnostic procedures or treatments, you should inform all doctors involved in your care that you have had spinal surgery.

Caution: It is important to follow your doctor's instructions carefully in order to fully recover from surgery. Failure to follow postoperative care recommendations may result in recurrence of symptoms and discomfort. A stress fracture of the spinous process may occur if strenuous physical activity is resumed too soon postoperatively.

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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