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Lumbar Laminectomy W Discectomy Surgery After Care

From: vincehyman - on 10/21/2010 1:21pm

A week ago I had Lumbar Laminectomy W Discectomy Surgery what are some things I should be aware of? Should I still have some numbness in my legs? Should I still have butt stabbing pain?

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on 10/21/2010 1:43pm

I had the same with a fusion Still on the same pain meds as persurgery 3 months ago today.I have alot of scaitce/butt pain more than presurgery. You are doing good if ur up to being online. Try to do all the doc`s tell you to.Numbness I still have . I think my legs work better now but I`m not doing as good as I should be. I`m only 49 I would love to have 1 day pain free. Good luck things will get better. Sam

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on 11/06/2010 10:52am

I am 10 weeks out of a lumbar fusion. I had a lot of numbness and nerve pain right after my surgery. Numbness started to subside 3 weeks out. But I am still getting traveling numbness, that seems to worsen with exercise. Surgeon said that was normal and to keep exercising, but just to back off if anything I did dramatically increased the numbness. I used ice packs every single day for 20 mins / hour 3-4 times, and after about week 3 I added heat, too. Try and see if that helps you (if doc says it's OK). Also, do the gentle stretches the doc gave you - work that sciatic nerve consistently every couple of hours. Good luck and hang in there! It will get better!

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on 11/06/2010 3:11pm

Lumbar laminectomy with discectomy is primarily indicated for leg pain below the knee. Stabbing pain in the buttock at one week is not necessarily uncommon. Numbness in the leg is often an indication of prior nerve irritation and my not resolve completely after surgery. Information available on this website may be of value for you to review.

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on 11/06/2010 4:32pm

I've done the post op rehab on many patients after similar procedures and your symptoms are not uncommon. Obviously follow your doctor’s recommendations closely and ask him when you can start rehab. Control inflammation with frequent short applications of ice packs (8-12 minutes).
Once you can begin rehab, consider using a pool. As soon as your surgical wound is closed you may be able to walk in a pool. You may be safe to do this before even starting your prescribed post op. rehab.
The water supports your weight, compresses swollen areas and allows greater motion sooner without raising the risk of falling.
All patients who have had spine surgery should remain under chiropractic care to minimize spinal degeneration in the future. Chiropractic care can be safely preformed within a few weeks of surgery depending on exactly what was done (The doctor will obviously modify his technique to make it safe for you).
Once the area is healed, you may be a candidate for decompression to minimize adhesions and improve disc hydration in the area.

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on 11/08/2010 8:45pm

hi vince- i also had lumbar laminectomy with discectomy and fusion, Mine was four weeks ago. im told that he numbness is due to nerve irritation, especially the sciatic nerve! Im still living on pqin meds and muscle relaxers every 4-6 hrs. so i can function minimally. My surgeon told me that every patient heals differently, but i could expect the numbness and stabbing pains to last for 3-4 months at most. I have raised nine great kids, but this surgery has required much more patience with myself than all that childrearing! Be patient with your healing process and listen to your surgeon. Ask him or her about a bone growth stimulator if you dont have one yet. Everything i read about them seems promising.. good luck !

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on 12/06/2010 1:39pm

Where does it say that "all spinal surgery patients should remain under chiropractic care"

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on 12/07/2010 7:25am

18 days post-op, anterior lumbar-L5-S1. My legs are killing me. doc says it's inflamed nerves healing.
meds are not helping. Gabapentin, meloxicam. I can't stand it.

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on 01/05/2011 12:01am

Chu? Get Ice on your back. go and get better pain Meds you are in for a tough ride/ time my friend. Sam

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on 02/22/2011 3:10pm

about three years ago i had lumbar spinal operation.the surgeon said he would operate to scrape away bone from both sides of my spine,i also have a prolapse disc and two more bulging discs,there was no surgery for these conditions.
after the operation the burning pain in both legs became more severe especially at night,and during daytime i have a heavy type of pain in both legs,my lower back gets very sore if i am walking or standing for any length of time.the sciatica i have in my right leg never leaves,but is worse when i am in bed ,or sitting for a long time. i tried acupuncture before my operation without success.my consultant put me on different tablets ,which helps the burning pain in my legs at night.
i am taking amitriptyline, tramadol, morphine patch,lyrica,diazepam,quinine sulphate.to finish the pain still gets through despite the medication.anybody any thoughts on ways to get relief. kind regards james3.

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on 03/16/2011 1:50pm

It sounds like there was some damage to your spinal cord from the pressure on it. The surgery was done to stop further damage. It will not resolve with surgery (the damage), it only stops more from occuring. You can ask your doctor to try something different from Lyrica, or change the dose. There is gabapentin and a couple others. The heavy pain sounds like myelopathy so if nothing is putting pressure on the cord now, then it was scarred before the previous surgery. I would have a long talk with the surgeon and see what was going on and what prompted the surgery. Ask if there is or was damage to the spinal cord. From there you can know what you are dealing with and can go to a pain medicine doctor and get the medication adjusted as I mentioned. Good luck.

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on 03/16/2011 1:56pm

by the way, you might list the doses you are taking and if the heavy feeling is getting worse, staying the same or? Also what has helped with the burning pain, and is it getting worse, staying the same etc. You might get more help online or more ideas. Unfortunately many of us have years of experience.

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