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How Long Does Bone Stabilization Take After Placement Of Rods In The Vertebrae?

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Posted on Wed, 8 Nov 2017
Question: My husband had three rods in his back to replce vertabras that where shattered how long will it take to recover and what should he do to help it along
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Healing after spine surgery

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thank you for trusting HealthcareMagic for your health concern

Healing and bone stabilizing occur in 6 weeks. However, complete healing can take up to 6 months.
During the first 6 weeks, avoid strenuous activity and do not lift more than 10 pounds. Walk around for at least 2 hours a day.

Make sure to bend knees while picking up anything from the ground rather than bending at spine. Wear brace for first 6 weeks. He can use ice to relieve pain. Pain medications like oxycodone will usually be prescribed for 3 months post-surgery.

After 6 weeks he can slowly increase the level of activity according to the comfort level. Physical therapy can also help strengthen muscles.

Avoid smoking and alcohol during recovery time.
Avoid NSAIDs like Advil, Aleve as it can affect the bone healing.

Hope this answers your question
Please let me know if you need further clarifications

Regards
Dr.Lekshmi
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Follow up: Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (16 hours later)
We have a treadmill how long minutes should he use it
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (2 hours later)
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Detailed Answer:
Hello again,

He can start walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes at the most comfortable speed he feels. He can gradually increase speed and time as he gets more comfortable doing so.

Hope this answers your question
Please let me know if you need further clarifications

Regards
Dr.Lekshmi

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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How Long Does Bone Stabilization Take After Placement Of Rods In The Vertebrae?

Brief Answer: Healing after spine surgery Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for trusting HealthcareMagic for your health concern Healing and bone stabilizing occur in 6 weeks. However, complete healing can take up to 6 months. During the first 6 weeks, avoid strenuous activity and do not lift more than 10 pounds. Walk around for at least 2 hours a day. Make sure to bend knees while picking up anything from the ground rather than bending at spine. Wear brace for first 6 weeks. He can use ice to relieve pain. Pain medications like oxycodone will usually be prescribed for 3 months post-surgery. After 6 weeks he can slowly increase the level of activity according to the comfort level. Physical therapy can also help strengthen muscles. Avoid smoking and alcohol during recovery time. Avoid NSAIDs like Advil, Aleve as it can affect the bone healing. Hope this answers your question Please let me know if you need further clarifications Regards Dr.Lekshmi