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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.

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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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Lumbar Laminectomy (Definition)

The term lumbar laminectomy refers to a removal of one or more lamina from the lumbar spine. A lumbar laminectomy is often done as part of a lumbar decompression surgery often for ...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.

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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.

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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?

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What is the definition or description of: lumbar laminectomy?

What is the definition or description of: lumbar laminectomy?

Removal: The term lumbar laminectomy refers to a removal of one or more lamina from the lumbar spine. A lumbar laminectomy is often done as part of a lumbar decompression surgery often for someone with spinal stenosis.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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