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Laminectomy-Decompression (no fusion)

clickclackcclickclack Posts: 1
edited 07/06/2015 - 6:30 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I have a synovial cyst and bulging herniated disk and will be having decompression surgery soon - no fusion. I just moved to a new state and town and have no friends or family here. My neurosurgeon said I should be fine on my own at home after surgery since as he said "I am an independent woman" (59 years old). Anyone agree? I would love to know how someone feels about this that has gone through it. Will i be able to get out of bed and go to restroom unassisted? I have a small dog that I will board, but surgeon said I could drive in 3 days to pick him up. Wondering if this sounds right? Is it hard to change dressing alone? What do you do to cover wound when showering and can you do this alone?

Many thanks to anyone who answers.

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  • Hi Clickclack

    I am 58 years old female. Last June I had a hemi-laminectomy- L4L5. Although I did not get much, if any, improvement from the surgery, I am no worse. But, I wanted to answer your question from MY experience. I had NO problems post surgery as far as doing things around the house. In fact, when I came home, I cooked dinner and my husband (who did not accompany me for the surgery since my daughter was here visiting so I had her take me) came home from work and looked as though HE were the one who had the surgery. I think he was just very worried about my surgery. As soon as he ate, he went to bed and I was still awake reading! The incision was sore, and it did hurt to toss and turn in bed and get up from a chair, but it was doable. After a full week, that pain was much better. I walked as instructed and did find that very painful, but NO MORE SO than before the surgery and just as painful today, a year later. Good luck and I hope you have success with your surgery.
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