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Numbness After Laminectomy
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
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
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?
2 yrs post L4-5 & L5-S1 laminectomy, facetectomy, postlateral arthrodesus & pedicule screw. Still have numbness L outer calf & foot. Will it improve?
Numbness after surge: Very unlikely to improve. Its already been 2 years. ...Read more
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
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
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
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??
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.
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
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
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
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
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
2-5 inches: Longer if your thick.Get a more detailed answer ›
6-8 weeks: The recovery time is 6-8 weeks. Check out spine-health. Com. Good luck. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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