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Contemplating Laminectomy?

darbymai59ddarbymai59 Posts: 55
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
My operation was March 5th for the L4/5 level only. I only stayed one night in the hospital because they said I could go home if I wanted, so I did. I knew my daughter would be there and take care of me. I don't really remember much about my hospital stay other than the short time I was there I got 5 shots of Demerol for pain and was released with Hydrocodone 5/325 - 2 every 4 hours. I think I was in surgery for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. My pain was enough that I took the pain meds as directed for the first 3 weeks. I am now trying to cut the doseage in half. I can still feel pain when I sit too long. I have a desk job and have just returned back to work for 4 hours a day after being off for 3 weeks and 2 days. I have worked for this company for 35 years so I can get up and walk around whenever needed. Right now I don't think I could handle 8 hours a day but next week I'm going to try it.

If you are thinking about having this surgery don't worry too much about it, it will be over before you even realize it. When I was in the surgery holding area I told them to just hurry up and knock me out (I was a nervous wreck). They took me to surgery right after I said that and knocked me out. I'm glad its all over but the healing inside. The outside is healed.


  • Darby,

    Keep up the spirit! Looks like you are really on the road to recovery. You are not even a months past your surgery, so you still need a lot of patience for the months to come. If you are able to, walk, walk, walk! That is the best therapy.

    best wishes,

  • So glad to hear all went well and Thank You so much for the post as I searched for this exact information all over this site and could not find it a couple of weeks ago. Can you possibly update how things are going now and what the recovery process has been like? Thanks again for the post and the PMs you sent to me. All the best as you continue to recover.
    Nana Shan
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