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Complications Lumbar Laminectomy In Recovery
The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more
This depends on : Several factors: your age, physical condition, underlying medical issues, your weight, smoking status, the diagnosis for your surgery and number of levels involved as well as presence of any other spine issues other than the one addressed by the surgery. In general, most people are bactk to their usual routines in 6-12 weeks after surgery? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This is done for : Spinal stenosis or a large disc herniation causing predominantly leg pain that has failed non op care including: time, medication, physical therapy and possibly epidural steroid injections. It should not be done for predominantly back pain or in someone with imaging evidence of instability as the sole procedure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
That is a good one : There can be many reasons including that maybe you should not have had the laminectomy in the first place to that you are out of shape or you never were rehabilitated correctly or this is not your first spine surgery or you smoke, are obese or have underlying medical problems or multiple other sources for your back pain other than the one addressed by the laminectomy. Speak to your surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
How long should i expect pain to last after a lumbar laminectomy? When should I go back to the dr if pain continues?
See below: It really depends on what was done at surgery and the preferences of the surgeon. Most surgeons that i work with prefer a simple walking program in the first several weeks after the surgery and we may then get into more of a conditioning, endurance and strength training. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Foot Drop: Any operation around the lumbar spinal canal can put nerve roots at risk. The most common levels are between l4/l5 and l5/s1. The nerves at these levels control calf muscles responsible for raising or lowering the toes and although new weakness or paralysis is not common, there will always be a small potential risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
7 days post lumbar laminectomy. Up and about. Any need to continue compression stockings at night?
Could Be: How much pain pain you are in depends on the type of surgery and how much nerve damage you had before that. In many cases the leg pain goes away when the pressure is taken off the nerve. How quickly that happens may depend on how long you have had the problem and whether or not there is any nerve damage. In most cases people do improve. The is what is the exact diagnosis and the best treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: It can be related to how you were sutured to developing a collection of fluid under your incision like a hematoma or seroma. Or more occasionally from a spinal fluid leak -sometimes it is do to a remaining adjacent spinous process that is now prominant as the others were removed as part of the laminectomy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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