Recovery from spinal fusion surgery takes a minimum of three to four months and may continue more than a year after surgery for complete bone healing, according to MedicineNet. Young, healthy patients with sedentary jobs... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Spine-Health provides a video of spine fusion surgery in progress, and WebMD offers a similar video as well as an animated video explaining the procedure. The medical animation also includes a transcript of the video's a... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Spinal fusion surgery patients can expect the procedure to last for a few hours while the surgeon uses a bone graft to fuse the vertebrae together, according to WebMD. Metal plates are inserted to support the vertebrae d... More » Health Conditions & Diseases
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Although joining of the vertebral bones after spinal fusion surgery takes about six weeks, full recovery from the procedure takes about three to six months. Recovery time depends on the age, overall health and physical c... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

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