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Hemilaminectomy- For SS

Hi my husband is having this (Hemi-Lemi) surgery on L4 & L5 this next week and I was just wondering if anyone has had this surgery and has it been successful??? What's recovery time like? Any tips?? Dealing with this for the last 12 years and finally getting a right diagnosis makes him anxious and very ready to have this done.

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  • I had two seperate hemis/diskectomies and they worked to some degree. My first surgery was a disaster. I was in horrible pain and ended up having a re-herniation the next day. A month later they went back in and fixed the disc again and trimmed a little more bone off. I felt pretty good for a few months until I twisted wrong and all my back pain/foot numbness came back. I'm currently trying to get scheduled for a fusion.

    One thing to remember is that each person is different and each person reacts differently to surgery. Good luck to your husband!
  • Going by what my surgeon told me:

    I had a L5S1 microdiscectomy. I asked before the surgery if I would be having a laminectomy as well. He explained it to me as the hemilaminectimy was "opening the door" to get to the disc for the microdiscectomy.

    Now the hemilam alone can be used just to relieve pressure from the stenosis. Just like tison said, everyone is different. And spine surgery is spine surgery.

    So 10 weeks into my recovery my advice is simple. Take it SLOW, take as much time off work as possible. Do everything the docs tell you including following restrictions & go to PT when time. Be prepared for setbacks. They are gonna happen. Every time you feel better you desire to do more when it may not be time.

    Also as you read the forums remember that most ppl who have a successful surgery with no further pain do not post often if at all. So do not be scared by what you read, but it is OK to be cautious and wary and know what the risks are.

    My surgery was successful and the doc thinks I am in a good way right now. Although the hardest parts of the recovery may be in the 4-10 week range. I have realised that "full" recovery will take much, much longer than that for me.

    I did return to work after 2 weeks with office work only & started PT at 2 weeks also. I am still not able to do anything really physical at work. Hoping around the new year I can do some things here at work. ( I am a shop foreman but a machinist by trade, before injury I would spend 1-2 outta 5 days running machines rest of time office/supervisory work )

    So thats what I got for ya, Good Luck to you & yours. 12 years is a long time, recovery may be slow but relief is sweet.
    L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!
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