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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Spinal Stenosis
I am thinking of having a laminectomy for my spinal stenoious. I would like to here from people that have had this surgery. Good or bad.


  • Hi and Welcome to Spine Health. Many many members have had laminectomies either partial or complete. There's a lot of great success stories to go along with it. I have had two complete laminectomies and my lower back feels awesome.

  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i had a double laminectomy on L4-L5. it was many years ago and the procedure has probably changed some but it did all that was promised as far as pain relief. =D> it was a long recovery and required assistance for awhile but i had good results and would do it again. =D> you are doing the right thing to get some ideas about the surgery. check out the "Good News" forum for a read on successful SH surgeries. <:P good luck! Jenny :)
  • gerg,
    Is your stenosis cervical or lumbar? Mine is cervical.I had a three level Laminectomy done in March of this year, they removed the lamina from c5,c6,c7 to relieve pressure from my spinal cord. I would say that my symptoms of Myelopathy have not gotten worse, that is what the surgery was to do. The recovery has been much more difficult than a ACDF. I needed the surgery and would do it again if needed. Good luck

  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    I had a lumbar laminectomy of L4 thru L6 due to spinal stenosis which is a result of severe OA (osteoarthritis) I had suffered with lower back pain for almost 20 years. When my left thigh went numb I decided to have it checked out more thorough. After my lami in 2006 my lower back had felt so great it was hard to believe. My spine continues to collapse and other levels are being affected so I'm facing future surgery but my lami was definitely successful. I would do it again in a heartbeat! Best of luck to you in whatever road you take.
  • hi
    i had a laminectomy L4/L5 in 1997 i did get some reduction in pain {down the right leg} for about 2 years but i have always had bad back ache .unfortunate as i have gotten older the leg pain has returned .so much so that last nov 07 i had to have a bilateral discectomy at S1 and whilst i was in theater the surgeon took away some of the scare tissue from the previous operation.
    unfortunately i have been in agony ever since.the reason for this is thus.DDD/lumber stenosis and scare tissue.so i have been told.by the medical world.i have been house bound since the last operation because i don't feel well enough to do much i don't sleep very well and all i want to do is lay in my recliner.i am on loads of pain killers and the medical world has all but written me off!!
    so think long and hard about surgery ..my friend ..sorry to be so negative but you need to know that not all laminectomies /discectomy are successful.
    good luck!!
  • Hi, I am new here as well. I figured I would share a less successful case. I'm 18 and my constant sciatica started around October of last year due to spinal stenosis, DDD, and a L4/L5 herniation.. In February I had my first laminectomy-discectomy and honestly found no relif evem after a full go of PT. Only when I got a cortisone injection after the surgery was I able to return to normal activies. But, that relief was only good for about 2 months and a second injection did nothing at all. So after several more months of pain getting worse and a grand total of 9 MRIs on the year, I am now 1 week post-op of my second operation.

    The operation was the exact same, just a revision on L4/L5. Throughout this week, the pain has been terrible. The days are fine, better than before the operation, but the nights and especially the mornings are terrible. When I wake up the pain in my shin is a 10, completely debilitating until the percocet starts to kick in- this is significantly worse than it was before the surgery. Clearly it is still very fresh off the srugery, but I am discouraged because the pain has only gotten worse each day and it has moved down my leg which I have been told is a bad sign. I just have to stay patient and hopefully this will all go away over time but I just thought I would share a case where everything did not go quite as planned, at least to this point.
  • i had a double lami L-3-4 didn't do me any good .back hurts worst then before.i also have a bad dic on 2.and i have stenoisis on 5.after my surgery my left leg from the knee to my foot was hurting and still is.had my surgery on 5-31-08...also has neck surgery on 4-16-08 a two level.my pain doc said no doc will every operate on me again because my back is to messed up.wish i would of has a fusion instead of the lami.
  • I had a lammi as well and it worked, thank God. I feel great and pray i do not need another. :H

    Evelyn :)))
    Had PLIF in 2008 and a Laminectomy. One level fusion, L4-L5.
  • I've just had a Lumbar Laminectomy L5-S1 on 2 March 2009 I have 4 weeks before I can start sitting and so far I have no regrets on deciding to go ahead with this surgery. I can't believe the difference in my whole back after having this procedure. I believe fusion is a lot more painful, and I can believe that as I had patient opposite a lady in her fifties who had fusion and just listening to her crying and moaning from the pain said enough. My NS didn't want do fusion on me he said I am too young (32). I think that if our pain is severe an interfering with your day to day activities then I would strongly suggest going ahead with the Lami, the recovery from the surgery is more important than the surgery itself, you MUST listen to what they tell to do or not to do and follow the instructions exactly to prevent further surgery or injury. I have found the info on this website extremely helpful and reassuring. All the best with whatever you decide.
  • I had a double Lammy/discectomy.
    severe herniation,very badly compressed nerves
    and worst of all acute CES.

    which thankfully im about 90% now.

    I have numbness/weakness in my leg..
    due to the severity of the compressions..
    my doc said it will get better over time
    that the nerves needed time to heal..

    I have no regrets... Id do it again in a second.

    I can stand and function like a human being again

  • maroseone said:
    Is your stenosis cervical or lumbar? Mine is cervical.I had a three level Laminectomy done in March of this year, they removed the lamina from c5,c6,c7 to relieve pressure from my spinal cord. I would say that my symptoms of Myelopathy have not gotten worse, that is what the surgery was to do. The recovery has been much more difficult than a ACDF. I needed the surgery and would do it again if needed. Good luck

    I am having a 3 to 4 level laminectomy in two weeks. My neurosurgeon is doing the left side of my neck because all my pain is in my left arm.

    Could you tell me more specifically the type of pain you experienced after surgery and what you did to manage the pain? Recovery time?


    Ken GreyEagle
  • Ken,
    I would have to say the toughest pain to handle was the nerve pain, they have to cut through a lot of muscles to get in to do the surgery. The surgical pain was probably gone within 3-4 weeks, they had me on hydrocodone for that, and they had me on soma as my muscle relaxer, but we had to add cymbalta at the 2 week point due to nerve pain, I was able to drop the cymbalta at the 8 week point, just needed to get over the hump. You sort of have to roll out of bed, it is hard to lift your head in the beginning, again probably 4-6 weeks and that got better. You will find lots of pillows help, you have to find what position your neck and body like. I did use ice in the beginning, but found that a rice bag heated up worked wonders later in recovery. If have more questions feel free to PM me.

  • I had surgery two years ago...lamanectomy (using my own bone--no pins or screws) in L3-L4-L5. I was diagnosed as Stenosis but I also have Scoliosis in that area. I am still having pain in my right groin and am unable to do much walking and very tts difficult to walk stairs unless I go one stair at a time with both feet. I get weatkness and terrible pain in the groin. I just had a selective nerve root block on all 3 levels but the pain specialist thinks it might be a problem at L2. The pain in my leg dissappeared with the shots, but the groin pain came back in a week. Does anyone have experience like this and have you had any results with treatment? O:)
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