Hi All, I just had my 3 week post-op visit (after Right L5, S1 Lumbar Laminotomy, Forminotomy, and Diskectomy) with my NS, and it went well. He gave me a copy of the Operation Report. It's interesting to see the description of what he did. Here was the main part: "There was a very large extruded fragment, over a centimenter in size, compressing the ventral surface of the S1 nerve root. This was removed with a pituitary rongeur, and a large annular tear was noted."
An ANNULAR TEAR? Is that pretty common? How does that happen? I was just wondering if anyone else experienced this?
The NS said, now after almost 3 weeks post-op, that I can start bending more, and that the main thing is I can't lift more than 25 lbs for 6 months (this is a big difference to the nothing-over-8-pounds rule I have been on!). No running or jarring my back for 6 months either. Fast walking is okay. He said I should be back to "normal" in 6 months.
Otherwise, he gave me some restrictions about work (taking it slow to get back into things), but he wasn't concerned about reherination unless I lift something heavy. I was kind of surprised at how easy-going and flexible he was about me doing things. After everything I have read here and other places, I would have thought I should still be more careful.
The restrictions were pretty basic: No heels for 6 weeks, and he did say to limit driving to 30 minutes at a time. He said I can take Advil now for the pain and said the pain is expected for a month or so (the numbness in my leg and foot can last 3-4 months).
I did ask for a referral to Physical Therapy, which I have an appointment for an evaluation on Wednesday. I am hopeful that the PT will strengthen my core and help me get stronger. Does anyone have any suggestions on what else I can do to help get my strength back?