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4 weeks post-op, 1st doctor appt

I had an L4/L5 laminectomy/discectomy on March 20th and had my first post-op visit with the surgeon today. And NOW, I know how long it will take to recover. For the first 30 days, I've been limited to lifting 5 lbs. For the 2nd 30, I'm limited to 20. 35 for the 3rd 30days and after that, I have no restrictions! Just in time for vacation!!!

The only issue I have now is a different sensation on the bottom of my right foot compared to my left. I wouldn't call it pain but it's more like a slight burning. The doctor said that should clear up too!

I had more anxiety waiting for this appointment than I did for the surgery.

March 20, 2014 - L4/L5 Laminectomy and Microdiscectomy


  • Did your doc give you any indication on work? Do you work? Have you gone back? What about twisting, bending? I have in the past couple of days made mistakes of bending because I have felt better and forgot! How detrimental is this? What kind of meds are you on? Thanks! I'm 4 wks post op L5/S1 fusion.
  • The slight burning feeling on the bottom of your foot might be a nerve issue. I have the burning feeling on top of my foot and was given gabapentin for it. Its caused by the surgeon messing with that nerve (mine is the L5 nerve) during surgery. I'm hoping it heals soon and I can get off the meds for it.
    Synovial cyst removal in 2008. L4-L5 facet joint.
    Lumbar fusion at L4-L5 in December 2013. TLIF posterior entry
  • The doctor said he normally would have recommended 30 days off work but since I telework, he told me to use my discretion. I worked 1/2 days for most of the first week. Twisting is still a non but some bending is fine but not repetitive. I've made some of those mistakes too because I feel stronger than my back really is. I had a script for pain meds when I came home from the hospital and took 1 before bed time to help me sleep. After 3-4 days, I quit taking it and I'm not on any other back meds.

    I'm really trying my best to stick with the restrictions. by the time i'm released from restrictions after 90 days post-op, that will be the end of 7 months of journey and I don't want to mess up my summer

    March 20, 2014 - L4/L5 Laminectomy and Microdiscectomy
  • Wow, I'm impressed with your lack of meds! You must be one tough cookie! I am at 5 weeks and I am unsure about going back to teach my fourth graders. I know I am going to be twisting and turning and bending without even knowing it. At 6 weeks I will have used 25 sick days and it's only 42 total to the end of the year. I have70 saved up. I'm thinking about just concentrating on my healing. I kinda feel guilty!
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 04/27/2014 - 5:39 AM
    Talk to your surgeon about using a restrictive back brace if you know that you won't be able to follow the no bending, lifting, twisting rules. It is important that you don't do things that could wind up risking the outcome of your surgery......and the no BLT rules are there for a very good reason.
  • I will definitely do that, that will help a lot! Even here at home. I move and don't even know it!
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