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Is there a lot of leg pain after lumbar laminectomy?

Is there a lot of leg pain after lumbar laminectomy?

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

Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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Lumbar Laminectomy (Definition)

Surgical removal of the posterior roof of the vertebral bone of the lumbar (lower back) spine which is labeled the lamina to access the spinal canal where the neural tissue is found and the indications are multiple. There ...Read more


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What is a lumbar laminectomy like?

What is a lumbar laminectomy like?

Can be helpful: You can see a description of this procedure at www. Spine-health. Com. The surgeon will go into your back with a small incision and remove a piece of your vertebrae called the lamina, which will relieve pressure where you most likely have a bulging or herniated disc. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about lumbar laminectomy?

Can you tell me about lumbar laminectomy?

Can be helpful: You can see a description of this procedure at www. Spine-health. Com. The surgeon will go into your back with a small incision and remove a piece of your vertebrae called the lamina, which will relieve pressure where you most likely have a bulging or herniated disc. ...Read more

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Is a lumbar laminectomy hard to recover from?

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

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What is the definition or description of: lumbar laminectomy?

What is the definition or description of: lumbar laminectomy?

The excision or: Surgical removal of the posterior roof of the vertebral bone of the lumbar (lower back) spine which is labeled the lamina to access the spinal canal where the neural tissue is found and the indications are multiple. There are 5 lumbar vertebra. ...Read more

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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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I am having a lumbar laminectomy- any thoughts or alternatives?

This is done for: Spinal stenosis or a large disc herniation causing predominantly leg pain that has failed non op care including: time, medication, physical therapy and possibly epidural steroid injections. It should not be done for predominantly back pain or in someone with imaging evidence of instability as the sole procedure. ...Read more

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I had a lumbar laminectomy 5 months ago, why am I still in pain?

I had a lumbar laminectomy 5 months ago, why am I still in pain?

That is a good one: There can be many reasons including that maybe you should not have had the laminectomy in the first place to that you are out of shape or you never were rehabilitated correctly or this is not your first spine surgery or you smoke, are obese or have underlying medical problems or multiple other sources for your back pain other than the one addressed by the laminectomy. Speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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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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Does having a lumbar laminectomy affect creatine levels?

Not the procedure: Do you mean creatinine, which reflects kidney issues, or creatine, which has to do with muscle problems? Either way, a lumbar surgery would not affect unless you experienced a medication or anesthesia reaction. ...Read more

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20 yo son to have a lumbar laminectomy this week. How rare for a 20yo and what is recovery time?

20 yo son to have a lumbar laminectomy this week. How rare for a 20yo and what is recovery time?

Can happen: Mode people with spinal stenosis are are older but congenital stenosis can occur earlier. Recovery is anywhere from 2-6 weeks depending on how much work is done. ...Read more

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What are the lumbar laminectomy aftercare rehab exercises?

What are the lumbar laminectomy aftercare rehab exercises?

See below: It really depends on what was done at surgery and the preferences of the surgeon. Most surgeons that I work with prefer a simple walking program in the first several weeks after the surgery and we may then get into more of a conditioning, endurance and strength training. ...Read more

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Best position to sleeping after lumbar laminectomy?

Own position.: Whatever you feel comfortable in is good for you. Everyone is different. There is no one position for everybody after surgery. ...Read more

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Has anyone experienced loss of movement after lumbar laminectomy?

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

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what are good lumbar laminectomy aftercare exercises?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what are good lumbar laminectomy aftercare exercises?

Number of them: Once you have recovered and cleared for exercise, make sure you do core strengthening and exercises like leg lifts and knee tucks (witch hazel) which will help mobilize the nerve roots and avoid adhesions/scarring around the dura. ...Read more

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7 days post lumbar laminectomy. Up and about. Any need to continue compression stockings at night?

7 days post lumbar laminectomy. Up and about. Any need to continue compression stockings at night?

Risk benefit: The risk for a blood clot decreases with mobility, as soon as you are moving well okay to discontinue compression. ...Read more

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Is reherniation after lumbar laminectomy with discectomy possible?

Is reherniation after lumbar laminectomy with discectomy possible?

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

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Is it normal to feeel a lump on the lumbar spine after a lumbar laminectomy?

Is it normal to feeel a lump on the lumbar spine after a lumbar laminectomy?

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

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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

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What is physical therapy like after lumbar laminectomy surgery?

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

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What? Physical therapy is required after lumbar laminectomy surgery?

What? Physical therapy is required after lumbar laminectomy surgery?

Maybe, maybe not: If physical therapy is required after your surgery, slow stretching and strengthening exercises will be employed.
Nothing too strenuous will be used.
Those exercises to help you with activities of daily living and restoration of function is important. ...Read more

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Had lumbar laminectomy 2 days ago. L34 l45. Now I have rt knee pain? Why?

Check with surgeon: Irritation of the L4 nerve root can cause knee pain. Your surgeon should be able to tell you what the most likely cause is. ...Read more

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How much lower back bruising should there be following open lumbar laminectomy l 3 thru l5?

How much lower back bruising should there be following open lumbar laminectomy l 3 thru l5?

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

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Is it abnormal for a lump to form on the lumbar spine three weeks after a lumbar laminectomy?

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

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Had lumbar laminectomy years ago. Still having severe leg pain, and lower right side back pain. What could it be?

Had lumbar laminectomy years ago. Still having severe leg pain, and lower right side back pain. What could it be?

Need a new MRI: It could be that you are have a recurrence of the symptoms due to return in stenosis at the same level or an adjacent level. You need a new MRI to evaluate where the problem is coming from. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Laminectomy: It depends on your paathology in lumbar spine. If you had bad herniated disc in lumbar spine, you should have laminectomy. Laminectomy will not help in spurs. ...Read more

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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

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2 weeks after lumbar laminectomy (stenosis/bulge disk). Have constant leg pain which was only sporadic pre-surgury. Is this normal? If so for how long?

2 weeks after lumbar laminectomy (stenosis/bulge disk). Have constant leg pain which was only sporadic pre-surgury. Is this normal? If so for how long?

Leg pain Laminectomy: Leg pain after lumbar surgery can occur from blood irritating the nerves during healing or from mechanical manipulating of the nerves during decompression. This type of pain will usually resolve after a couple of weeks. If pain is constant, it might also be a recurrent disk herniation. I would consult with your surgeon for pain management and diagnosis. ...Read more

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


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