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Post-fusion laminectomy report

ajamiesonaajamieson Posts: 65
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi All,

I had my laminectomy and fusion on Monday. I was released from the hospital on Wednesday. It went really well, I went on 2 short walks Monday night and walked a lot Tues. Doc said I was doing fine and sent me home w/ a program to walk a minimum of 20 minutes 3x a day. I have been able to do that plus a little more. My back looks very swollen in a photo I had someone take. I guess the swelling is normal but I wonder how long it lasts.

Anyway, I am grateful for all of the support I've received here and can happily report I have NO sciatic pain!!!!!

Happy New Year!


  • You know what I am going to say to you...please take it easy and do not try to do more just because you CAN.

    Don't be surprised if you have a bit of a setback in a week to ten days, or so. When the surgeon completes his surgery, they flood the area with a steroid and an antibiotic. The idea is to get the patient over the very worst of the surgical pain and to prevent infection...and it lasts about one to two weeks, depending on the person and how much the surgeon uses.

    I'm delighted your sciatic pain is gone and that you are doing so well. I know how important exercise and movement is to you...but please do not get carried away and do more than the doctor recommends at this point. It will not help you in the end if you overdo it now.

    This will be a very happy new year for you and your family!!

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