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recovery time for Laminotomy

I was planning surgery for this coming Jan 2013. I talked to my boss about coming back on lite duty, but now he has changed his mind and said he can not until i am at 100%. I am trying to find out how other peoples surgery has gone. When they were back to 100%? I know everybody recovers differently just trying to get an idea as to what I should expect. Thanks


  • It might be hard to find an answer to that question posibly, Any spine surgery they opening up a can of worms nobody realy knows if surgery will fix the issue or not so very hard to say, If surgery goes as 100% as planed then i would assume soon as incision heals so could be just few weeks,

    But the dr or his nurse might give a time frame they feel is good for recovery time so i would ask them and go by there opinion as there notes should help tell your job when they expect to releise you back to work 100% ,

    Best of luck, Hope all goes well for you,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • bpreachersbbpreachers Posts: 147
    edited 12/21/2012 - 6:05 PM
    I just has a full laminectomy and fusion with rods from C3 - T4. Spent 6 days in the hospital, was walking by day 5 and using stairs by day 6. I am in a minerva brace and my doctor has said itbwill be 6-8 weeks before he is comfortab with my return to work. No drovong for the forst 4-6 weeks and I am not certain how long I will have to wear the brace. It is a rough surgery. I am only 28 so i have age on my side with regards to recovery. You need to talk to your doctor and find out what his expectations are. 100% is unrealistic as that CAN take months or even years to 100% recover from this.
  • I had a laminectomy at the end of 2004 with just an overnight stay in the hospital. I also never received any therapy, I kind of did my own by just walking and was back to work in 8 weeks doing heavy duty work. I was doing just fine until I re injured my back mid-2008. In retrospect I wish I never went back to doing the same kind of job, I might be OK today.
    My recovery originally wasn’t all that bad, I went from using up to 7 30MG Oxycodone a day to 1 pill the day after the surgery and nothing else, this first few weeks after the surgery I would say the back was just a little stiff was all. So if you do get a laminectomy be careful what you do to your back because the next thing is a fusion and or artificial disc that I am facing now.
  • Be careful, really depends on your job. For 30 years I worked 12 hour shifts in a factory repairing heavy equipment. Lived with back pain for years and ignored it. One day ened up in surgery for emergency decompression at L4 for cuada equina syndrome. 5 weeks later had laminectomy at same site. Few months later had a 3 level laminectomyT9-11 to remove tumor compressing spinal cord. Gait continued to deteriorate along with other neurological issues. Bounced around by Drs for a year. Last month learned I have a tumor in lower brain. No longer work. Fortunately qualified for disability. Making the most of every day. Loving my wife and my dog.
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