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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
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
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
12 weeks in total: Ususlly you can return to all activities and sports after 12 weeks post operatively. ...Read more
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
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
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
7 days post lumbar laminectomy. Up and about. Any need to continue compression stockings at night?
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Had lumbar laminectomy years ago. Still having severe leg pain, and lower right side back pain. What could it be?
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 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
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
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