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How Long Is The Typical Incision For A Laminectomy
2-5 inches: Longer if your thick.Get a more detailed answer ›
I had a lumbar Laminectomy about 2weeks ago , there's a lump on the top of my incision, it doesn't hurt but it just looks wierd, anything I can do?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had laminectomy <2wks. Back incision is healing, but my skin is very irritated by any adhesives to keep wound covered. Any options? Is covering needed
May not need it now: If I wound is closed you may not need it. Otherwise you can talk with your physician about paper tape ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Ask surgeon: If you've had the surgery already, ask the surgeon... ...Read more
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
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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