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Post Op

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Spinal Stenosis
I had Lumar Laminectomy 4-30-09 4 days ago. Am at home now.No BM yet does anyonr know how soon to recover? Have severe pain and am taking Percocet.When will this subside?


  • Hi Mare, it depends on the person and how well they heal and if there are no complications. Doctors expect you to be doing well by the 12 week mark, but the nerve can take up to a year or two to heal completely. The longer the compression, the longer the recovery or possible permanent damage can result. I took about 2 months to get an MRI and to see a specialist because of my PCP clinic dropped the ball. I got fed up and tired of waiting of them to do something and I took it upon myself to find a back specialist. Now I have permanent nerve damage in one leg and I had to go through a fusion because I reherniated after one month post op and had other problems.

    The best you can do is walk when you can as much as you can, and follow all your doctor's advice. You will have post op pain but hopefully it will subside gradually and improve. You shouldn't stop taking your medicines because pain can hinder your recovery and healing. You may get to a point where you don't need to take meds everday, and this is a good sign that you're getting better. Your doctor can help you to wean off the percocets so that you don't get withdrawals. Well, I hope you get better soon. Take care
  • Thank U for info, does age matter in recovery? Im 67 and was very active. Am 3 wks into it and doing ok now. Incision site gave problems had to see Doc 10 days after surg. Ended up stapling it.
    My wife had Trgeminal Decomp 8 wks ago same Surgeon. She would feel better for a few days then back down for a few, she stayed up more and more, but her surgery involved her head so she was able to walk sooner. I get very tired when I walk. Not so much pain,am now just on Dilaudid no Perco.Hope U R better also...
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