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8 wks post op laminectomy

lheinzellheinze Posts: 19
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
8 wks post op. laminectomy lumbar decompressive multi level posterlatheral instrumented fusion and pedicle screw fixation with rods and cages. is it normal to not return to work until 4 months after?


  • Hi, my doctor said I could return to work anytime after 10 weeks if I felt ready. I do not. I am scheduled to return on Nov. 21, which will be 3 and a half months. I am a RN working mother/baby, very busy 12 hour job, on my feet all day. I still am not sure I will feel ready, but I gotta get back or risk loosing my position. All doctors are different with their recommendations. There are many here who don't even start PT until 4 months. I have met some who are off work for 6-9 months or longer. I only had one level as well, so I expect multiple levels would take even longer to recover. Also I think a lot depends on the kind of job you do. Good-luck, >:D< Sue
  • hi sue,
    i won't find out about therapy until my next appt next wk. i have the sick time and that isn't an issue. they do try to push you back to work. but the dr said with my 45 min drive and sitting all day it's not good to rush it. i know now there will be no way i could back for a few wks or months.
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