Following a successful surgery, the patient is kept under vigilance for a few days in the hospital. You are recommended to use a back brace that will offer support for quick recovery. Also, a patient has to undergo a prolonged spinal fusion rehabilitation procedure, depending upon the severity of his or her condition. This includes walking, swimming, stationary biking and other similar activities.
Post-operative spinal fusion rehabilitation program is devised by the surgeons after examining the condition of the patient. Aside from including back strengthening exercises, such programs even entail cardiovascular conditioning program.
In most cases, customised program are designed exclusively for each patient to safely get him or her back to work as quickly as possible. The factors determining a rehabilitation program are related to the extent and type of surgery, and age, anticipated activity level and health of the patient.
In the case of single level fusion in younger patients, active rehabilitation begins within four weeks of the operations. Otherwise, in older patients, the procedure begins after several months after the operation.
It should be known that substantial bone healing starts only after three to four weeks post-surgery. During this time, younger patients are recommended to enhance their physical activities. Nonetheless, evidence of continued healing has been found for up to a year post surgery.