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Side Effects Laminectomy
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
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
Had lumbar laminectomy years ago. Still having severe leg pain, and lower right side back pain. What could it be?
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
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
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
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
I was scheduled for a Laminectomy but due to my comment about a symptom of feeling like I was vibrating it was canceled. It was not environmental.
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Would I lose height after laminectomy and full disectomy? Or gain from fusion? At 41 years old and 6'7 1/2 I would rather lose than gain at this stage.
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
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