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I had a three level laminectomy 5 weeks ago and bone was removed that was causing sever stenosis, I too, went for laminectomy instead of fusion. He said after surgery my spine looks very stable and hopefully no fusion will be necessary for years. I won't say it has been fun but the butt and leg pain in gone. I was left with a little numbness is the thighs but I am now walking 2 miles a day and feel no pain. Sitting is a little rough still, but is getting better everyday. I am not taking any pain meds but am starting celebrex. My surgeon is very concerned about taking narcotics so he gets you off them as soon as possible. I still ice my back a couple of times a day. I was in the hospital for 4 days and could have left after 3 but we live 4 hours from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago where the surgery was done. You will need lots of help at home. I am having a hard time remembering not to bend or twist. I wore a clunky back brace for 4 weeks but no longer need that, my bestfriend is the grapper that they gave me at the hospital. I am still on a 10lb weight restriction which is difficult with a 12 lb dog. That is kind of my story if you have any questions feel free to ask.


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