What Does Recovering from a Mini 360 Lumbar Fusion Look Like?
Most patients stay at the hospital for about 1 to 2 days. After the surgery, you may feel some pain, but your doctor will prescribe pain medications to prevent post-operative pain and discomfort. Fusion of the bones takes time; it may take several months for the bones to fuse completely, although your comfort level will improve faster. While your body heals, the spine should be kept in proper alignment. Your doctor will ask you to wear a brace or a corset to restrict bending and promote healing of the spine. You will also work with a healthcare team on sitting, standing, walking, and repositioning correctly.
As your symptoms gradually improve, so will your activity level. Initially, your doctor may recommend you do only light activities like walking. As strength increases, your activity level will also increase. You will likely begin physical therapy 4-6 weeks after the surgery, giving your spine time to heal. Your doctor will advise you against actions that may cause damage, including twisting and bending backward.