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Thread: Recovery time

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2004

    Recovery time

    about how long does it take to recover from scoliosis surgery?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2004

    Re: Recovery time

    It depends how long you are in the surgery recovery room for. The doctor said that it will take about a year to ride a bike again and about 1 week to get to walk on your own.. these are things that my mom and doctors told me. but if you want to be pacific let me know.. Im 12 years old and having surgery ih jan.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Northern California

    It varies a LOT by patient. I've known kids who were off of pain medication by two weeks, and back to school in a month. I've also known kids who took a lot longer. You should check with your surgeon's office. They can give you a much better estimate.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    My case was this:

    Sitting up in bed, moving to chair: day after surgery.

    Walking with a walker- second day after surgery

    Walked holding on to IV pole third and 4th days (drs wanted me to use the walker, but it seemed to get in the way more than anything, so I refused to use it) , 5th day walking completely unaided.

    Was forbidden to climb stairs until my checkup roughly 2 weeks post op, but did so from a week post op without problem.

    Rode Exercise cycle starting with 30 minutes a day and gradually increasing from 10 days post op.

    Not allowed to drive my car until almost 2 months... Started jogging a bit at that point.

    Began riding my horses at 3 months post op (9 months ahead of doctor's clearance).

    Now... I had a relatively fast recovery. I will admit, I frequently pushed myself too hard too. Also note that I spent a couple months ahead of time going to the gym 5 days a week and working out, running roughly 4 miles each day, doing a lot of stretching (particularly hamstrings... this helped a lot as I am still able to touch my toes after being fused to L1). I feel that the time and effort I spent getting myself into as good of physical shape as possible was incredibly advantageous... The better shape you're in going into a surgery, the better shape you should come out of it...

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