After 12 years of trying to manage degenerative back disease (since my late 30’s) I am desperate enough for surgery. A neurosurgeon is recommending laminectomy at L3/L4 and L4/L5. I’ve been told I’ll be out of the hospital in 2 days, and back to “normal” in 2 weeks. For anyone who has had this surgery, is this at all realistic?
I just started law school and will have to sit for hours each day 2 weeks after surgery, so if my recovery will be longer, I need to delay my surgery. I’ve been reading the post-surgical posts and it seems that the recovery time for fusion is on the order of months, not weeks, but I don’t know if recovery time for a laminectomy is substantially less. Thanks for any advice. And thanks for all your words - as someone who has tried everything on earth to try to manage my pain, it’s been comforting to read about what others are going through.