Lumbar laminectomy

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scorpio-girl
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   Posted 5/17/2012 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I need a lumbar laminectomy at L3-4- and 5 - with joint fusion. I am 62 year old female, do not smoke or drink, or have any of the other habits that might hamper a recovery. The condition is spinal stenosis mainly, with other minor problems. Can anyone share their experience with this surgery? I was told 3-4 nights in hospital, then couch potato 2 weeks and slowly return to activities - mainly walking. I am using a neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgeries.

Would like to hear your surgery/recovery regarding a laminectomy. Thanks.

straydog
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   Posted 5/17/2012 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Scorpiogirl, I have not had this surgery but when I worked saw many of our clients hve this surgery. I saw so many over the years that there is no way I could even come up with a number. They all did very well, but it is a long recovery. Unfortunately, some drs tend to tell patients oh, in a few weeks or two months you will be back to your old self, wrong, it does not happen that fast at all. It takes several months, closer to a year to totally recover from a fusion. Drs do not want to tell the patients this because they like to read from the text book. Text book and reality are two different things.

If the patient will not overdo and so many do this and it knocks them down hard, do nothing but walk and listen to your body you should do well. Never let the post op pain get out of control, its too hard to get it back down, don't go home thinking you need to clean house or sweep the floors or mop. GrandmaRoses just had a fusion done and she was doing wonderful, but, she over did major and the dr had to tell her to go home and do nothing but walk, she is having a real hard time right now from over doing things.

I am very glad to see that your are using a neurosurgeon they are best when it comes to this type of surgery. Are they going to be putting in hardware? We do have others her that have had fusions and they will pop on.

Take care....Susie
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grandmaroses
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   Posted 5/17/2012 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Scorpiogirl, As Susie said I am recovering from l5 s1 fusion and I have had my ups and downs. My surgeon told me recovery 6 to 8 months. I followed advise from everyone here and my mother in law who had a fusion done a few years ago.

My surgery was in the morning and I was in recovery shortly after lunch, by evening a nurse helped me get out of bed. My mother in law had told me getting up the first time would be painful but every time after that it would get better. So I got up and started walking in one spot just to help get the stiffness out of my legs, from laying in bed all day.

I have done far too much and I have had to accept defeat. I am at 6weeks now and I have been forced to slow down. I am still happy I had the surgery even if this is going to take a little more healing time. I go see the surgeon in mid June. I have a plate and screws also had a disc replaced at the same time.

Good luck with you're surgery, I hope everything goes smoothly for you.
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Rose



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   Posted 5/18/2012 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe see about getting a second opinion. Many well wishes
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gangsterkathryn
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   Posted 5/18/2012 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't get to post here yesterday but I did read it..

I had a laminectomy in 2008, which is nothing like a fusion. In the laminectomy , they remove the lamina, the bone in the back that is faces backwards. In actuality, I should have had a fusion and not a laminectomy.. The recovery wasn't too bad but I was 18. If possible, I'd look into a Wii because it helped get me active after the surgery.. I played "Cooking Mama" to help me... I was able to drive after two weeks and went back to work after three...
Again, only 18...

Good luck, hope your surgery goes well!
Kathryn - 22 years old.
Mommy to Baby Scott - May 18th, 2011.

Accidents: Jan. and Oct. 2008, Nov. 2009.
Surgeries: Eye - 1995, Lumbar Laminectomy L4-5 - Feb. 2008, Cesarean Section - May 2011 and Gallbladder Removal - June 2011.
Current Medication: Generic Fentanyl 50 mcg/h patch every 72 hours (feels ineffective after 48), Meloxicam 15mg once a day and Generic Tylenol for breakthrough.

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   Posted 5/18/2012 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi scorpio-girl, I can't be of any help to you on the lumbar surgery, at least not yet, I have had three fusions in my neck but everyone has told me the cervical fusions are much much easier than the lumbar. I have seen a neurosurgeon here where I live just last month, and he says I need a foraminotomy with a far lateral fusion at L3 and L4, I don't want to have the surgery done here, as I am alone so, I am seeing a neurosurgeon down in Lexington Kentucky, the 19th of June to see about getting it done down there, as I have a sister and family down there, So I will be following your post carefully as I to would like to know more about the recovery, I know my surgeon here said that I would need therapy and rehab for a whille during recovery. I am also about your age. Have you been scheduled for your surgery yet? Please keep us posted on your progress.

Good Luck to You.

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scorpio-girl
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   Posted 5/18/2012 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
White Beard, I've not heard of a foraminotomy. What is that? I will keep you posted on this surgery. It will be scheduled next week so I don't know the date -- hopefully sometime in late June or July. I've been told 2-4 nights in hospital and then 2 weeks home as couch potato..no brace and no therapy--at least it was not mentioned. I am glad you are having your procedure done with family near by. Mine will be done at Methodist in Houston so I feel like I will have one of the best.

White Beard
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   Posted 5/18/2012 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi scorpio-girl from what I have been told it is when they surgically open up the foramin by removing bone ( the passage that the nerve roots pass through) that is what my surgeon wanted to do here, he told me that the surgeon down in Lexington might want to do something else, either ,more or less or even differently, He told me most neurosurgeons have there own ways of doing things, and they are some times different from others, I know my surgeon said he was doing the minimum, and only fixing the very worst of the worst, as he said my entire sping was a mess! So I will just have to see on the 19th what this surgeon wants to do, I am hoping that I can get it done ASAP so I will be able to move when my lease is up the first part of November, I have had so much done to my neck, and I have allot wrong with my thoracic spine but they will not do surgery on that, and that is what ended my nursing career and put me on disability, Oh well what can you do?? It is what it is! smile.

Keep us posted scorpio-girl

White Beard
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!

gangsterkathryn
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   Posted 5/18/2012 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I stayed two nights in the hospital and two weeks before I could drive... Couldn't anyway because I didn't have a car (car accident)... Felt weird being driven around...

I'm very sorry that I missed your mention of fusion, I guess I saw "laminectomy" and since I had one, I missed over the fusion part... I do think your recovery will be longer than mine, since you are having both. I honestly believe they over-exaggerated your recovery time. I might have been allowed to drive but I don't feel like I was ready or anything, just couldn't be waited on any longer...

I hope you have a speedy recovery, though!
Kathryn - 22 years old.
Mommy to Baby Scott - May 18th, 2011.

Accidents: Jan. and Oct. 2008, Nov. 2009.
Surgeries: Eye - 1995, Lumbar Laminectomy L4-5 - Feb. 2008, Cesarean Section - May 2011 and Gallbladder Removal - June 2011.
Current Medication: Generic Fentanyl 50 mcg/h patch every 72 hours (feels ineffective after 48), Meloxicam 15mg once a day and Generic Tylenol for breakthrough.

Grouchotoo
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   Posted 5/18/2014 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm also considering laminectomy along with a fusion of the L4/L5 verts. I'd like to know about people's results: good, bad, nothing. I've always been wary of back surgery but my current pain is so debilitating that I'm afraid I have no choice. I've know pain before--10 knee surgeries--but this pain makes that seem like love taps.
My pain is mostly in the buttocks; one side, both side, it moves around. I can barely walk and that only bent over at nearly 90 degrees. I'm a very fit 63 year old (up 'til now, that is) and would have no trouble working towards recovery. As others have said, though, I'd also be inclined to over-do so I'd to hear about what you could and couldn't do and when. Getting back to exercise and golf (especially golf!) are my goals.

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   Posted 5/18/2014 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Grouchotoo & welcome to the forum. Please note that you have posted on a thread that is over a year old. Not many people will see you post as a result of posting here. We ask all new members to make their own separate intro post so that al members will see it & be able to give you a proper hello & welcome.

To start a new thread, look to the left & click Post New Topic, type in a heading & then start typing away or copy & paste what you have written above in the intro post. Thanks.
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straydog
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   Posted 5/18/2014 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Members, please do not post here, lets wait for Grouchotoo to make an intro post.

Thanks.
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