Recovery from spinal fusion surgery was considered to be a matter of months to years in the past. When Dr. Blankenship first started performing fusions six months to a year of recovery were the norm. Now with maximal access and preemptive analgesic techniques, the recovery is more a matter of weeks. Immediate discomfort following the surgery is also usually greater, although there are excellent methods of postoperative pain control available. Once again, with the new techniques that Dr. Blankenship uses, the degree of post-op pain is generally less than in decades past.
The length of time you will need to be off work depends on the type of surgery you have and the kind of work you do. It can vary from patient to patient depending on multiple factors. Most patients are able to return to work in the first four weeks. Some require longer recovery times.