New member here but was reading for 10 months already. I am scheduling minimally invasive laminectomy for L3,4-5 severe central canal stenosis. Was doing conservative treatment for 10 months now (physio, exercises, chiro, massage, ostheo ) . I am very active 55y male, avid hiker and backpacker. My problem with legs (I dont have back pain) started 18 months ago with tiredness and progressed to full claudication, can walk only half a mile, tingling, feet weakness. Phisio and exercises started to work, my walking distance increased to 3-4 miles, tingling and weakness gone.But I cannot progress more than 3-4 miles, legs just gave up. And I do exercises every day for last 10 months. Recently my legs symptoms began to return , again tingling, weakness ,inability to walk . I saw 3 spine surgeon and every one said with severe central stenosis I have I need a surgery. I am going with one that offered minimally invasive laminectomy and he is very respected and have only positive reviews. As my understanding it will be simple laminectomy , he said he will not cut facet joints . I read everything on this site regarding laminectomy but fall to find enough info about minimally invasive laminectomy.
I would like to hear if somebody already had similar surgery that they planned to do on me. What to expect and recovery. I understand that everyone recovery different but any response welcome.