... Be sure you take short, frequent walks. This is the best way to avoid scar tissue from attaching to a spinal nerve root as it forms and fills in during the first twelve weeks post surgery. The key is to walk often, even if it is up and down a hall or around your house. At this point you are not walking to build endurance or anything like that. It is important to provide... (10 replies)
... Oh no I feel terrible you're having pain again. I went for my follow-up today and they were pleased with my progress. I still have a grinding sound when I walk. They sent me for an x-ray of my hips to rule that out. The grinding doesn't hurt, I've had it for quite some time and thought it would go away with surgery. But it's loud if you walk next to me you can hear it... (10 replies)
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... Hi Lynn!
I probably should've checked the date before posting. :)
I am just at seven months. My surgeon says I am fully fused "quite solidly." However, I've pushed to get off the meds, (3 year old and all) and probably pushed myself too hard too early. I gave up the walker at about 2 weeks, just got fed up with it. (which in retrospect was way too early!) I was released... (10 replies)
... Be aware that even though you may show bone growth early, it takes about twelve months for the fusion to set up hard and for you to consider yourself healed. Consider yourself very lucky that your leg pain is gone! (10 replies)
... How far out of surgery are you now? It will be a month on the 24th. I love the fact that I have no nerve pain in my legs! I have an eight inch insision on my back and still have pain from that. I have been doing my walking and use a walker that you can sit on outside of my house because I don't want to fall. Inside the house I don't use anything. I go Tuesday for a follow up... (10 replies)
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... Most importantly, be patient. There is no way to hurry this recovery along. I found the post surgery tips list invaluable. I purchased a grabber claw and it was the most important thing for me. I had a stool for the shower to lean on, an iPad for Netflix movies. A bed set up in the living room, as I couldn't get up the stairs. Plus, then I could watch movies at 2 AM when I... (10 replies)
... an online "free MRI" eval from North American Spine for a laser procedure. After reading the report they said I was not a candidate for laser, but that I need a laminectomy and discectomy. They want me to send the actual MRI images. ... (13 replies)
... I am having a laminectomy of L3, 4 & 5 with fusion of L4/5. Looking for anyone with a similar surgery how it went and how was their recovery. I am extremely nervous for the surgery. (10 replies)
... I just came from my dr and I am only 3wks post op a microdisecectomy and laminectomy on l5-s1 where I too, had a huge herniation. I asked the dr today, how much disc was left and he said that it was hard to say, but if I did re-herniate, it was possible that I may need a fusion. I have a lot of anxiety about this, but am determined to not bend and twist, if I can help it. ... (1 replies)
... p pain will always be there he thinks. The only way to get rid of it would be a Fusion and he said there is no way he would ever have that done. He wants to do a Laminectomy for my leg pain and also kill a nerve in the facet joint which that would be temporary relief of the back pain. ... (0 replies)
... Hi...i had l4 l5 microdiscectomy and laminectomy about 4 months ago. ... (1 replies)
... Hi y'all I'm having similar problems. Had a L4-L5 laminectomy and cage fusion 9/10 within 48 hours post op I noticed the sciatic nerve pain I had been experiencong down my left side was gone BUT now it was on right and just as bad if not worse. I had asked the Dr preop if the fusion would put too much pressure on the L5/S1, to which he replied no everything looks fine even... (11 replies)
... In March 2013 I had an emergency disectomy and laminectomy for lumbar cauda equina I developed after a vicious assault in august 2012. ... (0 replies)
... i am having a posterior lumbar 4-5 laminectomy with synovial cyst removal on August 27,2015. I have a 5 day trip to Germany planned 6 &1/2 weeks later.
I now know the recovery to be longer than the one week I had thought. I know it is at least 6 weeks, after my pre surgery intake with the wonderful nurse I have. Does anyone have feedback about a 8 hour plane ride to Europe... (5 replies)
... I am also in Pain Management and my Dr. suggested the SPS. I have been on narcotics for years and am so tired of taking pills. I had a bad flare up of pain back in NOv. and am still suffering. I have had an Ortho consult and now just had a Neuro consult. The Ortho looked at the MRi, which was an open MRI done in Dec. and just said you need surgery, screws rods fusion etc. ... (11 replies)
... I had both surgeries. The Lamy to L5-S1 in Nov. 2013, then a alif fusion to L5-S1 level this past march. Recovery takes time. I knew it was going to but I didn't truly realize how long. Simple daily things like getting dressed, using thebathroom, or trying to pick up something that was dropped, etc...were difficult for a couple months, atleast for me at my level. You're stiff... (10 replies)
... When is the surgery? Do you know what type of fusion you are having and what type of bone graft will be used. This may make a small difference in the amount of time needed for recovery.
Just generally speaking, and there is no way of knowing ahead of time how quickly you may recover or get through the surgery, people are told they should plan on being off work anywhere... (10 replies)
I had a large herniation at l5-s1 and had a microdiscectomy-laminectomy 3 wks ago. I did well the 1st week b/c I imaging the meds masked the pain and inflammation. Week 2, I had some muscle spasms and started up with the muscle relaxer, again. I just hit week 3 and yesterday, after doing my walking and sitting (alternating both), I began with the familiar nerve pain... (7 replies)