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My husband just had a lowrr laminectomy he is having bad pain in his right buttock where the the brusing ion the other side is this normal?

My husband just had a lowrr laminectomy he is having bad pain in his right buttock where the the brusing ion the other side is this normal?

Post op Lumbar: Surgery hurts period. Sounds like typical post op back pain/nerve irritation. Unlikely something to be concerned about ie hematoma etc. Just call your surgeon in the morning and check with him or her. If experiencing leg weakness, perianal numbness or bowel and bladder incontinence more of an urgent issue and go to the er. ...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


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8-30 l3-5 laminectomy much worse than pre op pain n huge spsams all dwn bk lwr bk rt side pckt of fluid pain dwn side leg cnt stand mre thn 5-10min?

8-30 l3-5 laminectomy much worse than pre op pain n huge spsams all dwn bk lwr bk rt side pckt of fluid pain dwn side leg cnt stand mre thn 5-10min?

Could be one of: Several issues: scar tissue forming which usually occurs at this time period that becomes chronic in 1-2% -retained or recurrent herniation/fragment if persisted from surgery or it could just be nerve root inflammation. Maybe this was not the appropriate surgery for you or you are a smoker leading to a higher failure rate. You need to get a workup including x-rays, MRI with contrast possible ct. ...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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Could a recent L4/5 laminectomy to treat right side leg pain cause left foot/ankle to swell? I'm 6 wks post-op.

Could a recent L4/5 laminectomy to treat right side leg pain cause left foot/ankle to swell? I'm 6 wks post-op.

Post op dvt: Concern would be a deep venous thrombosis. go to the emergency room and have an ultrasound immediately. The presence of like swelling would depend on how effective the surgery was in relieving pressure on the nerve root. Over manipulation of the nerve during surgery can irritate and cause leg swelling. There is also a concern for RSD. Was the surgery effective in alleviating like pain? ...Read more

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L5-s1 level, mild broad-based posterior disk bulge, left sided laminectomy enhancing postoperative scar tissue abutting the left s1 nerve root means?

L5-s1 level, mild broad-based posterior disk bulge, left sided laminectomy enhancing postoperative scar tissue abutting the left s1 nerve root means?

Complicated: The scar, may or may not be the reason for the residual pain. If there is no pain, nothing to do, if pain is substantial, there are many factors which need to be considered, historically and radio graphically to understand the situation and to make decisions. ...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

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3 years ago had 4 level laminectomy, 1 yr later had hardware removed. Am in continuous pain. Should I have left hardware in?

3 years ago had 4 level laminectomy, 1 yr later had hardware removed. Am in continuous pain. Should I have left hardware in?

Probably not: Having extensive, more than 1 level, spine surgery has a higher association with lingering pain. Pain management may be helpful if your surgeon sees nothing new in your spine. A spinal cord stimulator can be helpful for postop spine and leg pain. This can be trialed before you buy it and allow you to see if it helps before you commit to it. Another option may be a pain pump trial. ...Read more

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I'm 27 what are the pros&cons of having or not having a suggested fusion and l&r laminectomy I am worried about failed fusion and repeating the surgery?

I'm 27 what are the pros&cons of having or not having a suggested fusion and l&r laminectomy I am worried about failed fusion and repeating the surgery?

As last resort: You should only consider this surgery if: you do not smoke, are not obese, not out of shape, have failed non op treatment (physical therapy, time, medication, pain management) and have pain that affects your lifestyle such that you cannot adapt to it and there is corresponding imaging evidence of a problem that has a good chance of success for surgery. You should also get a second opinion. ...Read more

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What are the adverse reactions to laminectomy?

Depends...: Laminectomy involves removal of the bony covering of the spinal cord and the spinal nerves. Potential risks of surgery include a tear in the spinal sac which can cause a spinal fluid leak, infection, bleeding, instability over time which may require a fusion surgery in the future, more back pain, and injuries to nerves. ...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