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Using a Walker?

For those of you who have a microdiscectomy or laminectomy did you have to use a walker afterwards? My Physical Therapist mentioned today that I would need one after it it made me really sad.



  • I had a microdiscectomy of T7-8 on May 24 and was up walking the halls and going to restroom by myself by that evening. I got up the next morning, took a sponge bath and brushed my hair and teeth, got dressed and was ready to go before they even said I could go...lol. The OT came in with a walker and asked if there was anything else I needed and I said well not that pointing at the walker. I asked for a extension picker up thingy and said I should be good to go. I also had 3 lamenectomies at L4-5 level in 1994 and 2 in 2008 and did not use a walker. This was just my experience but hopefull you wont. Will be thinking of you if you have to have surgery. Please let us know what you decide.

  • Welcome to spine health. When will you be having your surgery? Do you walk unassisted now? I know for myself, I needed to start using a cane a little before my discectomy/lami and continued to use one after. Many others that I met in hospital did not need any assistance after. A lady I met before also used a cane, but after surgery did not need one.

    After my adr surgery I did need a walker for a few weeks until I was able to move to cane. Hope that you get a grabber, it was always my best assistance since you don't want to bend lift twist.

    Wishing you all the best. Please keep us up to date on how you are doing
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
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  • Had a 2 level fusion,and decompression @ L4/L5 /L1 , on sept 06th 2012, Used a walker for time in hospital(4 days) up day after surgery to washroom and walk hallways, on discharge from hospital used a cane, 6 weeks post surgery walking unassisted and can now walk for miles, you will know yourself what you are comfortable doing.Good luck
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