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Surgery April 15, L4-5 Laminectomy

mtorre1127mmtorre1127 Posts: 1
edited 04/08/2015 - 10:17 AM in Surgery Buddies
Hi ALL, I'm scheduled to have minimally invasive surgery on the 15th for Severe Stenosis at L 4-5. I am not in too much pain presently, however if I walk or stand for long periods of time the pain & numbness return.
Can anyone tell me what I can expect after surgery? What is typical recovery time?


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  • AtlasmissAAtlasmiss Posts: 9
    edited 04/08/2015 - 2:46 PM
    Hi Mtorre,

    I had surgery back in November for L4-L5 laminectomy with fusion. It was done minimally invasive.
    I was up and walking 3 hours after surgery to go to the bathroom. And to walk the hallway. I couldn't believe I could it. But I did. They kept me overnight. I was on some morphine, Norco aka hydrocodone 5/325. The 5 is the narcotic, and 325 is the acetaminophen.

    The next day I was discharged home. They gave me restrictions. No bending, twisting, or lifting over the weight of a half gallon of milk. No driving for six weeks. They will show you how to get in and out of bed. The Roll technique will be your friend. I still do it to preserve my back. Every surgeon is different on restrictions. And it depends on how your surgery went.

    I had nerve pain in my left leg for years. I couldn't stand or sit for very long. The leg pain kept me from sleeping at night. My spine was so bad my nerves were being strangled and effecting my ability to go to the bathroom. And the pain meds weren't working for me anymore.

    As soon as I had the surgery, within one week, my leg pain was gone, and I could go to the bathroom again. Yippy!
    The best thing you can do is WALK, WALK. WALK! Can't say it enough. Walking is the way to recovery. Try not to baby yourself. A little pain is ok. Your healing. But try everyday to go one more step.

    Within 2 weeks I was walking to the edge of my driveway. And that was in the snow,lol. My husband wanted to kill me lol. He was afraid I would fall. I have to say sitting was a challenge and still is. I can't sit longer than 15 minutes without wanting to move . Guess it's my spine saying hey, you need to move.

    Listen to your doc, allow others to help you. This is the time to be pampered. Everyday you will feel a little bit better. And when it's time for therapy, go and muster through it. I had a fantastic therapist. I was honest with my pain and he worked around it. This is when your medication comes in handy. And don't be afraid to contact your surgeon's office. They are there to help you with anything. I was blessed!

    My recovery time might be different than yours, I have a high tolerance for pain, so I was able to get through my rehab earlier than planned. Allow yourself six weeks at least. Having minimally invasive surgery doesn't involve a lot of muscle as opposed to regular spine surgery where the retractor spreads muscle thus more pain, and longer recovery. It is now 5 months for me and I am back to almost normal. My spine is still adjusting to the surgery. Think of it like a chain. When one link is kinked, then the others are affected. But I also have other discs that will need surgery down the road.

    Your surgery is April 15. I am praying for you for minimal pain and a fast and successful recovery. Please let us know how you are doing. May God Bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand.

    Atlasmiss [\]
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