I had a 5 lvl Lumbar Laminectomy May 17th. Today is June 11th. I saw my surgeon about 2 weeks ago. He told me it will take about 3 months to see if the surgery will take away my leg pain. Maybe it won't. What it did do is prevent further damage by taking pressure of the nerve roots.
I was in the hospital 2 1/2 days. The pain in my lower back is actually worse now than before surgery or immediately after surgery. I did have a pain pump where I could inject pain meds thru an IV while in hospital. I'm on morphine and oxycodone currently to control pain. I was on these before as well due to Fibromyalgia and continuing nerve pain in my arms.
I had a 2 lvl cervical laminectomy 1 and a half yrs ago. That did not take away my arm pain. I am on gabapentin 300 mgs 3x a day, oxycodone 7 1/2 mgs 3 times a day, and 15 mg morphine every 8 hours.
I am to have a 2 lvl discectomy fusion in my neck next. I am planning this for after my medicare kicks in in November. I am on Social Security Disability.