Frequently Asked Questions: What is the normal postoperative course of laser spine surgery?

     Laser spine surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. The surgery
usually last 2-3 hours long depending on the number of levels being treated. The
surgery can be performed under local anesthesia or under general anesthesia
depending on patient preference as well as the surgical technique being performed.
You will wake up in the recovery room if general anesthesia is employed.
Recovery time in the immediate postoperative period is approximately 45 minutes
to an hour depending on how long it takes for you to recover from the anesthesia.
     Your nurse will make sure that you have no weakness in your legs. The nursing
team will walk you to the bathroom to make sure that you’re able to walk out
assistance. If you walk using a cane or walker to walk before the surgery it is
possible that we may recommend you to use the cane or walker after the surgery
to your strength in the legs recover. After making sure that you are able to walk
without assistance, the nursing team will take you to a step-down recovery unit
where you’ll be asked to sit down in a comfortable chair. Usually, we recommend
that he do not drive for the first week following the surgery as your legs may still
not have full strength. After the first week, graduated activities is permitted and
actually recommended.
Disclaimer: Individual spine condition, treatment and recovery times may vary.
Each patient experience with minimally invasive spine surgery will differ. Anyvv
procedure involves some level of risk. If directed to pursue surgery by your
physician, prompt action is advised as waiting may decrease efficacy of this
surgical treatment. Postoperative instructions vary from patient the patient. Follow
your doctor's advice. Paid endorsements for Datta Endoscopic Back Surgery and
Pain Center may not be for typical results. The opinions expressed in patient
testimonials are by patients only; they're not qualified medical professionals. These
opinions should not be relied upon as, or in place of, the medical advice of a
licensed doctor or other healthcare provider.

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