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Hemilaminectomy, Foraminectomy



  • Hopefully it will be day surgery only as you said. Must MISS (minimally invasive) to not stay for a few days or more.
  • Dave, I had surgery around 7:30, was in recovery by 9:30. Was home by noon.
    Biggest limitation is that I can't lift more than 5lbs due to internal stitches.. Wound is superglued together with waterproof bandage on top.

    They tell me I will feel a lot worse tomorrow, the day after is supposedly a killer.
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  • Slept reasonably ok, back is sore and stiff while laying down. Took a small walk around the block.
    I live alone so this is a difficult thing to face, but I'm coping.
  • Are you on many pain meds? Sounds like its going good so far. How's the pain compared to before the op?
  • Since I haven't had any acute pain for about a month and a half, it is hard to tell. Surgeon was almost going to cancel the operation the surgery morning, but elected to do it anyway because I was having issues for a two years except the last few months.

    I was doing great up till late yesterday afternoon when I started to get sharp pains in the upper portion of my left butt below the incision. Pain is bad so I have trouble walking and getting stuff done around the house. Sitting is ok, which is opposite of what is supposed to happen. I had been taking Vicodin, but it was doing nothing for the walking pain. Got a hold of the night doctor at the hospital and he said it was ok to take some Ibuprophen, which helps a bit, but it is still painful walking. I called the surgeon's office this morning but the assistant was not much help, said the ibuprofen was ok, and "have a nice Thanksgiving" blah blah.

    I'm having trouble moving around to get myself fed and get minimal things done around the house.
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  • Today I'm at 1 week into recovery. Back and pain in upper buttocks is not too bad, more occassional than before when I move in a certain position.

    Foot seems to be ok today. Hopefully I will continue feeling better.
  • DaveFusionDDaveFusion Posts: 476
    edited 11/26/2012 - 1:34 PM
    Hope you continue you improvement. There will be bad days but trend line will be up from here more than likely.

    Hang in there.
  • Dave, thanks. Next week I have a two week follow up with the surgeon and most likely will be able to return to some driving.
    I hear it still is 6 weeks total before I can lift heavy things though.
  • I think it's 12kgs now. Up to 3mths it was 2kgs.

    So I would be surprised if you were allowed to lift heavy things after 6 weeks. But we're all different.
  • I spoke with the doctor and the weight lifting restriction is not because of the spine not being able to carry a load, it is strictly to make sure I don't tear out any internal stitches. So I was expecting at 6 weeks that the internal stitches would be healed.
    Right now I have a 5 lb weight limit which is ridiculous.
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