About reconstructive spine surgery
Like spinal deformity reconstruction, the specifics of the surgery depend on the problem being addressed, and may include fusing vertebrae, reshaping and stabilizing the spine with surgical hardware, removal of portions of bone and even removal of entire vertebrae. Your surgeon will discuss the surgical solutions most applicable to your case.
Reconstructive spine surgery is not a minimally invasive option. It’s usually performed in a hospital, and may require a stay of several days. Complete recovery may take several months, during which you may be prescribed physical therapy. During the first weeks, you may need to wear a supportive brace. You should not lift anything heavy, and shouldn’t drive until given the green light by your surgeon. Although the recovery process is slower than recovery after minimally invasive procedures, most people report being satisfied with results at the end of the recovery period.