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Dr. Jeffrey Roh
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Laminectomy (Definition)

Surgical removal of the posterior roof of the vertebral bone of the spine which is labeled the lamina to access the pinal canal where the neural tissue is found and ...Read more


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How big? Is the incision for a laminectomy?

How big? Is the incision for a laminectomy?

About an inch: For a single level laminectomy, the incision will be about 1 inch. For each additional level, add about an inch. It may be a little bigger or smaller, but this is a pretty good estimation. ...Read more

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How often do surgical incisions post laminectomy get infected.

Lumbar Infections: Lumbar wounds should have a 1-2% infection rate. If obesity is present, that figure could increase by another 2-3%. ...Read more

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Laminectomy 4 mo ago. Have low back pain near incision / some leg pain. Epi injection didn't help. Cycling/running hurts it. Also tried resting. Mri?

Laminectomy Recovery: The pain sounds incisional or from the muscles around your operation. At four months postop, you need to give it more time. Try lower impact exercises such as elliptical trainers or swimming. This type of aerobic training has less impact on the healing muscles. Physical therapy may also help instructing proper technique to prevent aggravation. Good luck on recovery. ...Read more

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Had laminectomy on L5 s1 on 11/08/12. Incision infected. Had MRI done today. What shld i expct and why do I hurt worse now and why are toes numb?

Had laminectomy on L5 s1 on 11/08/12. Incision infected. Had MRI done today. What shld i expct and why do I hurt worse now and why are toes numb?

Depends: Incisional infections vary in severity from a very minor suture abscess to a very serious deep infection. Depending on the type of wound infection, your pain and numbness may or may not be related to your infection. Talk to your surgeon, as he/she has the best perspective and can best evaluate and explain your condition to you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long should post op laminectomy pain last?

A few weeks: Assuming that you did not have a fusion, which takes longer to heal, most uncomplicated recovery occurs over 3-4 weeks at most, and less commonly might take up to 6-8 weeks. But people vary and thus, healing also varies. ...Read more

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How long should you be off work after a cervical laminectomy?

How long should you be off work after a cervical laminectomy?

Job?: It certainly depends on what job you have and your duties. I usually keep my patients off at least 4 weeks depending on how many levels are done and what their job is. ...Read more

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How long should a person need to be off work after a cervical laminectomy?

It depend?: Iknow everyone recovers differently but in general the kind of job you do is big factor, wither you have complications or , what kind of procedure done. Let assume one disc is done with had wear (plate) and you do desk job you could go back to work in 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Did discectomy and laminectomy surgery on august 2012, still can't bend and my back feel heavy, how long it take to be normal and i can run as before?

Did discectomy and laminectomy surgery on august 2012, still can't bend and my back feel heavy, how long it take to be normal and i can run as before?

See below: Any time u have a surgery & something doesn't seem right, contact the surgeon. S/he can best advise recovery times. Physical therapy (if ok'd by surgeon) should help. Muscles may be tight/in spasm; moist heat to affected areas should help relax them. Doc may rx muscle relaxer if that is problem. Massage therapy can also relax sore, stiff muscles. But have surgeon re-evaluate. ...Read more

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I'm having a hard time deciding on spinal fusion and a laminectomy. What is the long term prognosis if I don't? G1 spondylolisthesis, R&L foraminal sten

I'm having a hard time deciding on spinal fusion and a laminectomy. What is the long term prognosis if I don't? G1 spondylolisthesis, R&L foraminal sten

Gradual worsening: Gradual worsening with foot drops if you have significant neurologic symptoms peotecting the nervesc with reconstruction has a better long term out com if you have only axial backache surgical outcome is less obviously beneficial wiltze urged us to wait for the leg pain then intervene if you dont have leg pain then your nerves are ok. ...Read more

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How long does a person need to be off work after? Cervical laminectomy? Surgery?

How long does a person need to be off work after? Cervical laminectomy? Surgery?

Depends: The most important thing is the type of surgery you experienced. Was it a posterior surgery- a true laminectomy? How many levels were operated on? What is your job? The only person who can answer your question is your surgeon. Give his office a call and see what he says. You don't want to go back too soon and risk a failure of your surgery. ...Read more

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How long following a multilevel laminectomy should I wait to have major dental work done ?

How long following a multilevel laminectomy should I wait to have major dental work done ?

Once your back has : Healed in terms of you being able to sit or recline for a long period of time should be the right time which would be between 4 to 8 weeks. ...Read more

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

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

12 weeks in total : Ususlly you can return to all activities and sports after 12 weeks post operatively. ...Read more

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

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

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

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Had a L5-S1 microdiscectomy and laminectomy eight months ago. Although I am no longer in excruciating bouts of pain, why is standing > 20 min so hard?

Had a L5-S1 microdiscectomy and laminectomy eight months ago. Although I am no longer in excruciating bouts of pain, why is standing > 20 min so hard?

For some there is : Ongoing back pain as the disc no longer functions to support prolonged loads such as standing which is 2x body weight across the low back discs. this occurs in about 10% of miscrodisectomy cases. One should stay trim, not smoke and work on core strength as well as cardio endurance as well as flexibility to minimize symptoms - use proper body mechanics and minimize prolonged positioning. ...Read more

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I have done l4-l5 laminectomy and discectomy in dec 2012 .I have my backpain now.How long it take to recover? Its good to do cleaning job?

I have done l4-l5 laminectomy and discectomy in dec 2012 .I have my backpain now.How long it take to recover? Its good to do cleaning job?

Takes some time : Unfortunately only your surgeon knows the specifics of your case. However back pain/incisional pain is common for several weeks after surgery. Did you have improvement of your symptoms after surgery? Was your problem predominantly back or leg pain? Heavy lifting and prolonged bent posture may not be recommended depending on how far from surgery you are. Please ask your surgeon for specifics. ...Read more

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Decompression Laminectomy (Definition)

Lamina is the back side wall of bony tunnel where spinal cord and nerves travel. It can be removed to eliminate pressure (decompression), if you ...Read more


Incision (Definition)

An incision is an opening made in the skin or mucosal surface. It is usually performed to allow entry into a body cavity in order to ...Read more