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When Can You Walk Again After Having A Hemi Laminectomy And Discectomy
Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more
I had a diskectomy and laminectomy on l5s1 four weeks ago and have increasing pain. What could it be. Also what else can go wrong?
It could be several: Reasons including: scar tissue forming, a sign of infection, recurrent disc herniation, further disc deterioration to name a few or that you may be over doing it to much too early post op. If your back pain preop was worse than leg pain, then the prognosis is not good & you may have needed a fusion. Poor surgical risk factors include being overweight & smoking as well as being deconditioned. ...Read more
Did discectomy and laminectomy surgery on august 2012, still can't bend and my back feel heavy, how long it take to be normal and I can run as before?
See below: Any time u have a surgery & something doesn't seem right, contact the surgeon. S/he can best advise recovery times. Physical therapy (if ok'd by surgeon) should help. Muscles may be tight/in spasm; moist heat to affected areas should help relax them. Doc may rx muscle relaxer if that is problem. Massage therapy can also relax sore, stiff muscles. But have surgeon re-evaluate. ...Read more
I just had laminectomy and discectomy surgery, is it concerning for me to have pain again down my leg?
Follow Up Needed:
In some patients, having a nerve "un-pinched" or decompressed during surgery can be the equivalent of having an extremity "go to sleep" and then become painful and tingly when the extremity "wakes up". In other words, the nerve could be regenerating itself. You should still follow up with your surgeon to rule out a new pinched nerve or failed operation. Any more questions? Just ask.
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Ask your surgeon: It will likely be 6-8 weeks before you can resume vigorous activity, but a lot will depend on what surgical approach was taken, and only your primary surgeon should answer this one. ...Read more
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
Had a laminectomy/discectomy more back pain after then fusion to fix it at l3, 4 now herniation at L5 should my dr just do a fusion now or a lam/discec?
Depend on findings: I do not recommend prophylactic spinal arthrodesis. If you have a disc herniation at the l5-s1 level with associated radiculopathy associated with either the L5 or s1 nerve root that does not respond conservative care, then a decompressive laminotomy & dissecting may be indicated. If there is associated spinal instability with associated dominating lower back pain, an arthrodesis may be indicated. ...Read more
Discectomy and Laminectomy L4/5 February 2014. Still have pain around bone area. Painkillers not working, have 2 kids under 3. Help : (?
Try Gabapentin: Gabapentin is not a "pain pill"--but it often relieves nerve pain. It is very safe, can be taken in high doses, and does not adversely interact with other medications. The main side effect is that it may cause sleepiness. Therefore, take whatever dose you can tolerate during the day (that doesn't make you sleepy), and a higher, sleep-inducing dose at night. Think of it as a "nerve stabilizer." ...Read more
I have done l4-l5 laminectomy and discectomy in dec 2012. I have my backpain now. How long it take to recover? Its good to do cleaning job?
Takes some time: Unfortunately only your surgeon knows the specifics of your case. However back pain/incisional pain is common for several weeks after surgery. Did you have improvement of your symptoms after surgery? Was your problem predominantly back or leg pain? Heavy lifting and prolonged bent posture may not be recommended depending on how far from surgery you are. Please ask your surgeon for specifics. ...Read more
Feb 21 had period and emergency discectomy and laminectomy, now 31 march and still no period, husband had vasectomy 6 months ago. Neg pregnant test. Help!
Hello, is there any long term complication for lumbar (l5 s1) discectomy and laminectomy for prolapsed intervertebral disc. Thank you?
Laminectomy discectomy on L4/5 Feb 2014 for cauda equina the pain is back now I was a public patient so can't talk to my surgeon. On lyrica (pregabalin) 600 help?
What do you suggest if my surgery done on 15/sept/2009 for L5 laminectomy and l4-l5 disctomy after this precaution to be taken?
No limitations: No restrictions, but would suggest keeping an eye on your weight. Proper lifting techniques and good core conditioning are advised. Avoid tobacco. Check out Spine-health. Com. ...Read more
MRI of lumbar spine says I have a "left laminectomy defect, status post discetomy." But... I never had back surgery - ever. Should I be worried?
No: Not worried, no. It could have simply been a misread by the radiologist; sometimes the findings of surgery can be subtle and so a radiologist may have misinterpreted the study. But the first thing I would actually check is that the MRI that is being reported is actually yours. Sometimes results can be attributed to the wrong patient, particularly if someone has the same or similar name. ...Read more
I recently had laminectomy in aug'13, now I have gained some weight, sciatica is totally cured, is it safe for me to jog n walk to shed some pounds?
Gradual is best: A gradual increase in activity would be best. Did you undergo a course of physiotherapy? If so, then you should have been given instructions on how to gradually increase your activities. If you have not, you may wish to consult your surgeon on how to safely progress activity tolerances. Other than exercise and calorie restriction, methods of weight loss include proper nutrition and hydration. ...Read more
I have bulging disks at l-4-l-5, l5-s-1, compression of nerve bundle, stenosis, aethrotic spurs.3recs. Diskectomy, lamenectomy, fusion. What is best route?
Decompression: When someone has symptoms from nerve compression due to stenosis and the spine is stable, decompressive procedures such as discectomy (laminotomy) or laminectomy are usually best. If the spine is unstable or if decompressing the spine would make it unstable, the decompressive procedures are best combined with fusion. ...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
Before my discectomy op all of my pain was located in my right leg with a little to the left but now two weeks on my left leg has all the pain and meaning I am unable to walk far and am bedridden? Possible reasons? Please
Several: You may have reherniated the disc to the left side which is a 5% risk or you are developing or developed a hematoma or fluid collection post op placing pressure on that side which unlike the right side still has a "roof"! or covering on it that may not allow for any release. There are other possible reasons so you should discuss this with your surgeon. ...Read more
Two weeks ago I had a discectomy and I am still having shooting pains right down my left side, I am back at hospital on monday as since the op have had shooting pains diown my left side/back and leg. This has left me vitually unable to walk or even move,
You need to: Follow up with your surgeon asap. Sorry this happened to you. ...Read more
I have had a cramp in my left calf for over a week. I walk about 10 miles a week and keep hydrated. I had a discectomy about 6 months ago.?
You may need: To get checked for a blood clot or muscle injury. Given the amount of activity you put your calves through, and hydration, I doubt it is from sedentary lifestyle or dehydration :) Go see a healthcare provider to get tests and if they are all negative, keep walking and being active!! I love it!! ...Read more
End of DEC t-6, 7 discectomy fusion. Never pain lower weakness legs. MRI shows ok weak, toe drop foot roll. Can I expect regain walk, done PT?
If I had a l5-s1 discectomy in 2009, could it cause swollen feet and inflamed in between toes and ankles, can hardly walk short, a lot of back pain?
Discatomy & laminactomy nov & jan. Spacers inserted april. Why am I in so much pain? Is this a 3rd failed surgery?
Early: This is early in recovery. You need to talk to the surgeon about your pain. ...Read more
2-5 inches: Longer if your thick.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more ...Read more
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