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Is It Abnormal For A Lump To Form On The Lumbar Spine Three Weeks After A Lumbar Laminectomy
YES: There may be scar forming over the spines process or hematoma. Needs 2 b looked @ 2 b sure it's not an accumulation of spinal fluid or a low grade infection. C ur surgeon. ...Read more
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 more
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?
Suggest: Have your surgeon look at it, but most likely benign area of fluid or blood and should resolve over next few weeks. ...Read more
6 weeks post-op 2 level lumbar spine fusion + laminectomy. Sciatic pain gone-healing on sched. Why the intrmittnt sunburn-like pain on skin of thighs?
MRI of lumbar spine says I have a "left laminectomy defect, status post discetomy." But... I never had back surgery - ever. Should I be worried?
No: Not worried, no. It could have simply been a misread by the radiologist; sometimes the findings of surgery can be subtle and so a radiologist may have misinterpreted the study. But the first thing I would actually check is that the MRI that is being reported is actually yours. Sometimes results can be attributed to the wrong patient, particularly if someone has the same or similar name. ...Read more
Am I too young for spinal fusion? I'm a 18 yo female I had a laminectomy last year in my lumbar spine l3-s1 to decompress my nerves. Its been a year and im still in excruciating chronic pain my surgeon said I need a spinal fusion but he won't do it cause im
Yes you are young: But discuss this with your surgeon. It may be the only option to stop your pain. ...Read more
Had lumbar laminectomy 6/2/11, any excercises I can do to strenghten my back muscles, and just excercise in general, (i kinda hate to walk, boring)?
All exercises are: Beneficial including cardiovascular routines, flexibility and core exercises which can include weights except dead lifts and squats with bench work ideal and probably avoiding a rowing machine. ...Read more
From none to alot: This is dependent on the amount of bleeding and use of a post op wound drain as well as your use of any aspirin, fish oil or other medication that may affect bleeding and when or if you stopped them preop as well as any use of blood thinners post op to minimize any blood clots. It may also be that you could have some type of bleeding history as well. In any case, it should not affect outcome. ...Read more
Had lumbar laminectomy years ago. Still having severe leg pain, and lower right side back pain. What could it be?
I had a lumbar laminectomy over a year ago. The nerve pain was resolved but I have a lot of lower back pain still. Is this normal?
Disc disease: Not normal. Should try back rehab/core strengthening. See your specialist if it persists.80 percent of our wt is transmitted down the front of the spine along the discs and this may be weakened. May require stabilization if severe and does not get better with conservative treatment. ...Read more
What is the best course of action after failed back surgery (lumbar laminectomy). Persistent burning pain along outside of leg and back weakness.
Re-eval: You need to be re-evaluated, preferably by your surgeon. Alternatively, you could consider seeing a non-surgical spine specialist, usually a physiatrist. There may be more simple solutions to your pain. ...Read more
I'm a 41 yo f with Sjogren's. Found a lump about the size of a quarter (but ball shaped) very hard and immobile to the RT of lumbar spine (touching)?
41 yo female with Sjogren's Syndrome. Found a small hard lump on the right side of my lumbar spine. My scalp feels like it's sunburned about 1 month?
Abs: Well remember this is a syndrome. Which means it affects many areas of the body. You are best to see your doctor so you can control the disease process. ...Read more
12 weeks in total: Ususlly you can return to all activities and sports after 12 weeks post operatively. ...Read more
This can range from: None with just home exercises such as walking progressing to stretching and core strengthening over a few weeks to full activities by 12 weeks to a guided pt program basically providing the same with the addition of modalities such as heat, ultrasound, massage and muscle stimulation and reinforcement and encouragement. ...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 more
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 more
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 more
No: If there was a complete diskectomy, there is nothing left to herniated, but if the surgeon just shaved the disk, then re-herniation can occur. ...Read more
I have the relapsing-remitting MS (rrms), would lumbar laminectomy be appropriate or a mistake? I have bone spurs also. I was only dx'd w/ms 1yr ago.
Check w/ your surg.: Depending on your preoperative symptoms temp. Pain in this distribution may be normal as the nerve (s) released gradually get better. If you did not have pain in this region before you're surgery or it is worse than it was pre-op or increasing in severity notify your surgeon. Best of luck! ...Read more
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