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how long does it take to recover from a lumbar laminectomy and work again?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Depends on: That depends on your age and health status and how conditioned or deconditioned you wree at the time of sugery and how many levels were involved in your surgery but generally 3 months.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How long should it take to recover from a lumbar laminectomy?

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Dr. Ayman Jabr
Family Medicine 30 years experience
4 weeks: Usually 4-6 weeks is the norm.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is a lumbar laminectomy hard to recover from?

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Dr. Ken Yonemura
Neurosurgery 37 years experience
Decompression: Stenosis from degenerative changes to the lumbar spine does not always require a standard laminectomy. Newer techniques that allow for canal expansion through a small unilateral opening in the spine (laminotomy) are equally effective and reduce the amount of muscle dissection and retraction as well as bone removal and blood loss. I now perform these procedures on an outpatient basis.
A 43-year-old member asked:

I am having a lumbar laminectomy- any thoughts or alternatives?

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Yes: You can try physical therapy and injections prior to the laminectomy. If those don't make you better, the lumbar laminectomy is a great procedure with minimal risks and complications while giving great results.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: lumbar laminectomy?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
The excision or : Surgical removal of the posterior roof of the vertebral bone of the lumbar (lower back) spine which is labeled the lamina to access the spinal canal where the neural tissue is found and the indications are multiple. There are 5 lumbar vertebra.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Hi doctors, can you tell me what are good lumbar laminectomy aftercare exercises?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Number of them: Once you have recovered and cleared for exercise, make sure you do core strengthening and exercises like leg lifts and knee tucks (witch hazel) which will help mobilize the nerve roots and avoid adhesions/scarring around the dura.

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