What factors can prevent my recovery?
There are different factors that could hinder your recovery following spinal fusion. Your doctor will tell you more about them before and after the intervention.
Some of the aspects that impair or prolong a normal recovery after spinal fusion stem from health problems, while others are related to the patient’s lifestyle and can easily be avoided.
Generally, the factors that can impair your recovery are obesity, chronic steroid use, malnutrition, prior back surgery, chronic illnesses. Other factors that depend entirely on you are smoking, not following the physical therapy program as recommended, performing strenuous movements like twisting or lifting weights.