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Is a lumbar laminectomy hard to recover from?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: 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?

In brief: 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?
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Ken Yonemura
Neurosurgery

In brief: Decompression

Stenosis from degenerative changes to the lumbar spine does not always require a standard laminectomy.
Newer techniques that allow for canal expansion through a small unilateral opening in the spine (laminotomy) are equally effective and reduce the amount of muscle dissection and retraction as well as bone removal and blood loss. I now perform these procedures on an outpatient basis.

In brief: Decompression

Stenosis from degenerative changes to the lumbar spine does not always require a standard laminectomy.
Newer techniques that allow for canal expansion through a small unilateral opening in the spine (laminotomy) are equally effective and reduce the amount of muscle dissection and retraction as well as bone removal and blood loss. I now perform these procedures on an outpatient basis.
Dr. Ken Yonemura
Dr. Ken Yonemura
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