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Recovery time from disc decompression surgery

PammywhammyPPammywhammy Posts: 5
edited 03/26/2015 - 3:41 PM in Spinal Stenosis
I had a lumbar disc decompression surgery one week ago today. Still painful but getting better each day. Stopped taking my pain meds (percocets) two days ago. Hated the way they made me feel. Started taking advil but at times doesn't cut it. I had it from L3 - L5, no fusion. I started having problems about 3 1/2 years ago. I have 23 staples. Had a very reputable ortho surgeon who did the surgery. He said in 4 weeks I will be able to sky dive which I am not about to partake. Within a couple of hours no nerve pain in my right cheek or leg. I feel like I died and went to heaven. Don't really know when the pain will seize up from the surgery. It feels like it pulls but it might be the staples healing.

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  • Hi Pammy, How are you doing ?
    I am going for exactly same surgery minimally invasive decompression L3- 5 severe central canal stenosis next week.
    Dont have any symptoms when I sit or lying down. But can only stand or walk for 10-15 min.
  • I am scheduled for 4/20/15........unsure about recovery time and pain involved.....I am 66 years old have balance issues, numb toes, weak legs , used cane, drop foot left leg etc.
    All I want to do is be able to walk again............Any information will be helpful.....I just hear a lot of bad news......Glad you are doing well!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hi Mike,
    I am 10 days after L34-l45 laminectomy (minimally invasive). We all different so I can only tell my experience. Surgery lasted 2.5 hours and they sent me home after 3 hours. To early in my opinion as I had problem with urination but it resolved in a day. I took Percocet for couple of day but it make me too ill so I stopped it and use tylenol and advil., narcotic control pain much better. I am walking around 10 min or so several times a day. Sitting is very uncomfortable but it gets better. I do stairs no problem, but rented a hospital bed(best decision) so i go upstairs for shower mostly. Tried to stop painkiller couple days ago, big mistake, paid for it dearly, took one Percocet to break pain.my incision only a inch but around everything stil swollen. The biggest pain i have is dull pain in my buts and upper thigh. I called a surgical office and they said it is normal due to still very early and inflamation irritating the nerves. I hope they are right. Overall it is tough recovery for me at least. The word minimally invasive ,but now i understand fully it is spine surgery. I am 55, exercised every day , stopped 2 days before surgery.
    Best luck with you surgery.
  • aid2meaaid2me Posts: 1
    edited 05/10/2015 - 5:30 AM
    Mikeinbrig1..........are you out there?
    I am 59, and I have similar symptoms as you had listed.
    How did your surgery go?
    I have been back & forth to several Neuro's, but at this time all I have
    gotten is a script for physical therapy. I am very wobbly & have trouble
    walking. Like you, I just want to be able to walk again. I have had
    incontinence problems as of late. I have read about "Cauda Equina Syndrome"
    recently and I have most of the symptoms described. I do not have any pain, though.
    Numbness in the left leg & foot. Numb in groin & buttocks on both sides.
    Also, my right foot is a bit numb.
    Hope all went well with your procedure. Please keep us posted.

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