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I am experiencing sciatica pains and numbness in my left leg from scarred tissue from a L5S1 laminectomy, etc on Feb 18. It is affecting my gait and c?

I am experiencing sciatica pains and numbness in my left leg from scarred tissue from a L5S1 laminectomy, etc on Feb 18. It is affecting my gait and c?

Post-op scarring: You have likely lumbosacral arachnoiditis and scarring, and this is indeed a tough entity to control, but nonetheless, would urge a visit to physical therapy, commence low level aerobic exercise and stretching, and gradually increase your activity. Yes, this will be painful, but in the end, far more comfortable than your current dilemma. ...Read more

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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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I had a laminectomy 2 years ago, between my knee and hip on left leg, I have burnng on the inside and numbness on the surface, will it go away?

I had a laminectomy 2 years ago, between my knee and hip on left leg, I have burnng on the inside and numbness on the surface, will it go away?

How old R symptoms?: If the leg symptoms were present before the laminectomy, I would not expect them to go away. They are caused by nerve irritation. If you had the numbness symptoms this long, they may not recover- it has been longer than 18 months. On the other hand, the burning probably will go away. If the symptoms are not related to the laminectomy, then I would have to give a different answer. ...Read more

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Had a laminectomy/disectomy in dec 2014 for a pinched sciatic nerve in my right leg 2 month later I have a dural leak and pain/numbness in labia/glute?

Had a laminectomy/disectomy in dec 2014 for a pinched sciatic nerve in my right leg 2 month later I have a dural leak and pain/numbness in labia/glute?

What: Is your question?
The pain/numbness is NOT in the usual distribution of your sciatic nerve. rather it is in the area of the Pudendal nerve! You NEED to speak with your surgeon and perhaps consult with a Neurologist!
Hope this helps!
Good Luck!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Had laminectomy 5 months ago. Right lower anterior leg still numb. Normal?

Had laminectomy 5 months ago. Right lower anterior leg still numb. Normal?

Maybe normal: Spinal surgery like laminectomy is done to remove pressure on nerves or the spinal cord. If the nerves are damaged sometimes the symptoms resolve and sometimes not. It can take a long time to know for sure. You should follow up with your surgeon if you have questions. ...Read more

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Had c4, 5, 6 laminectomy 2011 for severe central stenosis. 8 weeks constant pain, numb in shoulder/arm-3 level ACDF proposed. Alternative? Complications

Need more info: Where is your pain? If it is neck pain, ACDF is a viable option. If it is pain in the arms, then there may be foraminal narrowing compressing your nerves that can be addressed by ACDF or posterior foraminotomies. If it is both, ACDF is best. As for the shoulder/arm numbness, this is a common complaint after cervical laminectomies and can get better over long time. Make sure you go over everything ...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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Still getting pain but not as much pain prior to the surgery, numbness and tingling on my 3rd, 4th & 5th digits on r foot after laminectomy 3 yrs. Ago?

Sometimes removing: The compression on the nerve (s) can most predictably relieve the pain but less predictably allow for the nerve (s) to fully recover their function. You can get a repeat imaging study to assess the adequacy of the decompression or get an EMG (nerve) test to assess this as well. ...Read more

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80 yo diabetic uncle had a cervical laminectomy 3mos ago due to extreme numbness, gets v. frequent nausea now, altho he's only on vitamin tablets??

80 yo diabetic uncle had a cervical laminectomy 3mos ago due to extreme numbness, gets v. frequent nausea now, altho he's only on vitamin tablets??

Needs evaluation: Your uncle needs to be evaluated by his doctor. The constant /frequent nausea may be unrelated to the surgery so a proper evaluation needs to be made. ...Read more

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Had Laminectomy at L-3 in May 2016, post surgery numbness of right leg from waist to toes, surgeon knicked dura during surgery with CSF leakage.

Had Laminectomy at L-3 in May 2016, post surgery numbness of right leg from waist to toes, surgeon knicked dura during surgery with CSF leakage.

See a neurologist: This is more than just a nicked dura. This is nerve root damage. You need a careful neurologic exam and possible reimaging & electrodiagnostic testing. Do not rely on Doctor Google for an answer. ...Read more

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How do microspinoscopies compare with fusions and conventional laminectomies?

How do microspinoscopies compare with fusions and conventional laminectomies?

Surgeon: Very complicated to answer. Depends on the reason for surgery. Please ask your surgeon for his explanation, and then request a second opinion if not comfortable with the answer. ...Read more

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Is a laminectomy dangerous?

Is a laminectomy dangerous?

Let me explain: All surgery have risk in general and some have particular risk because the locations.
Be sure to ask the doctor about that and how many complications he had before with this surgery. Thousands of laminectomies done in the usa every year there are about 1-3 % possible complications. ...Read more

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How does a laminectomy function?

How does a laminectomy function?

Less nerve pressure: The lamina is the part of the bony spine that covers the back part of the nerve and the spinal cord. A laminectomy means removing the lamina. This can relieve some of the pressure off the spinal cord or the nerves. This can results in less pain, numbness, and/or weakness radiating into the extremities. ...Read more

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What is laminectomy defect mean?

What is laminectomy defect mean?

Old surgery: 'laminectomy defect' just means prior surgery or laminectomy seen on a imaging study (usually an mri). ...Read more

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What is pre and post laminectomy?

What is pre and post laminectomy?

Depends: This could mean x-rays that were done of the spine before (pre) and after (post) a laminectomy (surgical procedures). But it could refer to anything else that was done before and after the surgery, including symptoms, labwork, etc. ...Read more

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What happens during a laminectomy procedure?

What happens during a laminectomy procedure?

Nerve decompression: A laminectomy describes any procedure where the back bony covering (lamina) of the spine is surgically removed. The purpose is to gain access to the spinal canal to remove a disk herniation, bone spur, cyst, or anything else that is putting pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: laminectomy?

What is the definition or description of: laminectomy?

The excision or: 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 the indications are multiple. ...Read more

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What is decompression laminectomy?

What is decompression laminectomy?

Spine surgery: Decompression laminectomy is where the surgeon takes off the bone and lamina on the backside of the spine. It is most commonly done for spinal stenosis where there is a narrowing of the spinal canal and it can be a useful procedure depending on the patient's symptoms. ...Read more

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Is? Drainage common? After a? Laminectomy?

Is? Drainage common? After a? Laminectomy?

It can be: Call your surgeon immediately.
Drainage from your wound may be something simple like a seroma, but the chances are high that it may be an infection. Do not delay. Call right now if you have any drainage. ...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 much time should post op laminectomy pain last?

How much time should post op laminectomy pain last?

6-8 weeks: The recovery time is 6-8 weeks. Check out spine-health. Com. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have post laminectomy syndrome.? What can be done?

I have post laminectomy syndrome.? What can be done?

Spinal Cord Stim.: The best indication for a spinal cord stimulator is failed low back surgery syndrome or post laminectomy syndrome.
See a pain specialist in your area that employs this procedure. ...Read more

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What is recovery time laminectomy and fusion surgery?

What is recovery time laminectomy and fusion surgery?

This varies as to: The type of fusion done, number of levels involved as well as the type of instrumentation (if any) that was used. In general, assuming normal healing (not smoking, not a diabetic, not a revision surgery, not hypothyroid or malnourished) usually after several months for most activities with fusion 6 months to a year to all activities -closer to a year for activities like golf. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after? Laminectomy surgery?

What is the recovery time after? Laminectomy surgery?

Depends: It's not totally simple.
How many levels were operated on?
Why was it done?

A good answer for you is that walking immediately after surgery is your best exercise. You will need at least 2-3 months before you attempt any vigorous exercise. Remember that with spine surgery, this is a marathon, not a sprint.
Go low and slow with your activity to get the best result. ...Read more

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Microdiscectomy versus laminectomy, what's the difference?

Microdiscectomy versus laminectomy, what's the difference?

Disc vs. Stenosis: A microdiscectomy is specifically tailored to remove the herniated disc, whereas a laminectomy is removing the back wall of the spine to open up the canal that the sac of nerves travel through, for central stenosis. ...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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I would like some information on the decompression laminectomy?

I would like some information on the decompression laminectomy?

Lumbar decompression: Laminectomy is standard form of spinal decompression that is slowly being replaced by newer minimally invasive techniques. The goal is to create more space for the nerve roots in the spinal canal and this can be accomplished through small openings known as laminotomies often from just one side through which both sides of the canal can be decompressed and reduces the potential for instibility. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: decompression laminectomy?

Removing the roof: 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 have "spinal stenosis (narrowing). ...Read more

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Are there supposed to be hard knnots in back after decompression laminectomy?

It Depends: Following a decompressive lumbar laminectomy, the muscles are sewn back together resulting in a firm contour immediately following surgery. Over time, this will flatten out as the muscles heal. Other 'knots' may represent muscle spasm that may respond to heat or medication. See your surgeon to be certain there is nothing of concern such as infection or CSF leak. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Roh
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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


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Numbness Or Tingling (Definition)

Numbness is a clinical finding in which one is unable to detect stimuli such ...Read more