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Help - Post Laminectomy Leg Pain.

Hello all,

About 4 weeks ago, I had a 2 level lower lumbar laminectomy for a bulging disk and stenosis. The surgeon claimed that the surgery was a success and that the area he decompressed was free and clear of any impediments. Prior to surgery , I would only get sciatic leg pain when I ran or lifted something the wrong way. Now post surgery, my leg pain is nearly constant. It's a dull crampy, pinching pain that is a 3-4 on a 1-10 scale.

Is this normal? Could it be inflammation, scar tissue, or irritants from the healing process? is it possible the disk pushed out further?

Is it too early to start worrying??

I really need some motivation to stay positive.

Thanks in advance.


(Honolulu, HI)


  • Frank,

    Have you addressed this with your surgeon on follow up? My first surgery was a laminectomy for herniated disc and stenosis and I recall that numbness in my legs was lessened. But there was considerable pain in my hips and legs for many months post-op. Inflammation is a common culprit, as nerves really hate being disturbed.

    Good luck and I would be interested to hear what your doc has to say about this.


  • Thanks Jim.

    I sent you a PM.

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