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Hi, all. New to the board. I am scheduled for a laminectomy/discectomy next Thursday, 5/24, for a herniated disc at L4-L5. I've read a lot about this procedure on the internet, but am still curious about how quickly the recovery really is.

Some patients report that they are back to work within days of the surgery. Others note that they miss work for several weeks. My work is sedentary - sitting at a desk, participating in conference calls, creating presentations, email, etc. The surgeon noted that it would likely be about 2-3 weeks but some of his patients returned in a week.

For those of you who have had this procedure, how long were you out from work?

TIA for your responses.
Like they said, it all depends on how you heal. I was out for over two months. I had a really rough recovery, at week two my stitches opened up and had to have more stitches put in. As well with getting an infection. Things happen. All I can say is don't rush it. It is not worth it. I tried to really push myself back to work as soon as I physically could and now I am two weeks out of having a fusion a year later! So give yourself time to heal properly!! Good luck and wish you the best.

Mandy
The recovery definitely seems to vary by individual. I guess I'll know how I feel in a week or so :)

About the stairs - how serious are they? I live in a split-level house. I can't even get into my house or to my bedroom without using the stairs.

Thank you for the responses!
Hello! I had the surgery for my laminotomy/discectomy yesterday. I got to the hospital at 6:00 AM and was in surgery around 7:40. I woke up in recovery at 9:50. I felt pretty good. My leg still hurt, but not as badly as before.

I was lucky and didn't have any reactions to the anesthesia. My throat was really sore and dry. The time in recovery was pretty short and I was in my hospital room at about 11:10. I got up and walked around the room at noon. It felt so much better than laying down.

Around 4:30, I felt pretty good and asked to be discharged. After a visit from the physical therapist I signed the papers and had my IV catheter removed.

I was home by 5:45. I am very sore today, but 95% of the leg pain is gone. I had trouble sleeping last night, I think because of the pain killers. They make my mind race.

Anyway, thank you for the support you have given me. I will check back over the next few weeks and let everyone know how the recovery is going.
[QUOTE=PacoKS;2987134]Hi, all. New to the board. I am scheduled for a laminectomy/discectomy next Thursday, 5/24, for a herniated disc at L4-L5. I've read a lot about this procedure on the internet, but am still curious about how quickly the recovery really is.

Some patients report that they are back to work within days of the surgery. Others note that they miss work for several weeks. My work is sedentary - sitting at a desk, participating in conference calls, creating presentations, email, etc. The surgeon noted that it would likely be about 2-3 weeks but some of his patients returned in a week.

For those of you who have had this procedure, how long were you out from work?

TIA for your responses.[/QUOTE]
Hi - I am in my 2nd week home recovering from discectomy/laminectomy of L4-L5 just like you are going to have. It took longer(surgery) than anticipated but it sure relieved the leg pain and foot pain and numbness. I was told to start walking immediately which I have done. I now do about 15 minutes morning and afternoon. I too have a total desk job and was told not to sit longer than 20 minutes for awhile. Get up!! I probably could go back next Monday, but am going to see what doc says at follow up on Friday. More than likely I would take off 2 weeks if I were you. I probably could have gone back this past Monday, but I am glad to have this week off to get to walking better and figuring out a pattern to get away from computer after 20 minutes. I would say AT LEAST a week, 2 is better and maybe 3. Hope this helps.





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