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Lumbar Laminectomy_What do you wish someone had told you prior to the procedure?

BookD2BBookD2 Posts: 3
edited 11/16/2015 - 9:29 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello all - I'm a newly registered forum participant but I've viewed many of the comments on these threads and topics. After 2 years, of conservative treatment (ESI, PT, Chiro, etc) I had a follow-up MRI that revealed significant spinal stenosis in addition to my initial injury (L5/S1 herniation). My MD highly recommends a lumbar laminectomy to address both the stenosis and the disc issue.
While the pain and numbness are difficult, the complete change of lifestyle and activity are at least as painful. Like many others, I was very physically active prior to my injury - I long to be active again (run, lift weights) but I don't really know if that is a part of my reality in the future (45 yo male). So as I try to wrap my mind around surgery, I have a couple of questions to those of you who have had a laminectomy:
- What are some of the things you wish someone would have told you prior to the surgery -- good/bad/indifferent.

- What does an active & back safe lifestyle look like after a laminectomy.



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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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