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i am waiting for a lumbar fusion and would like to no how long the operation lasts for and how long i'll be in hospital for and also the recovery time after this operation. many thanks


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replied April 17th, 2009
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Different procedures for lumbar fusion take different time, but the average time is from 60 to 90 minutes. The time needed to stay in hospital after lumbar fusion is approximately 1 to 2 weeks depending if any complications occurred and if there are other health issues affecting the recovery. The recovery time is actually the time the spine needs to fuse the parts and it is approximately 3 to 6 months.


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