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Hemilaminectomy, Foraminectomy



  • I've developed some definite big toe tingling and irritation the last two days. There is no doubt that this was not there before.
    I don't know if it is related to my sitting a lot. I am very frightened because I wonder if the doctor should have done a discetomy as well and he did not. If this is coming from what is left of the disc then it was a waste not to go in there and take out the remainder of the disc.
  • I suspect that he will say its normal and will recover.

    However, you should ask how long sitting should be limited to. I was told 20 mins for first 3 mths.

    Hope you appt goes well.
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  • I think sitting is as tolerated and I appear to be able to sit for a fairly long time, though I know I must get up and move periodically.
  • How are things going for you now?
  • charlestekccharlestek Posts: 18
    edited 12/28/2012 - 3:24 PM

    I'm doing pretty well. Had some toe tingling, but changed orthotics, it may also be due to torque on the upper part of my foot.
    Got a snow storm coming. Technically I am at the 6 week recovery point and should be able to lift what I want, but 6 weeks plus follow up with the surgeon is not till Jan 8th. I have a self propelled snow blower and guess I should be able to steer it.

    As far as weight lifting, my back seems to be ok, though I have not lifted anything heavy yet.

    The surgeon said that the 6 weeks is for the stitches to heal. The only reason for weight limits he says is to prevent the stitches from pulling out until the muscle strips he separated have time to heal back to normal.
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  • Charlestek, hi. Good to here you are doing good.

    Read a post here this morning of a chap that had a micro-d then went back to work lifting heavy stuff. About 6 months later, well you can guess it. Reherniation. He then had to have fusion surgery and got issues. He said he wished he hadn't gone back to lifting.
  • charlestekccharlestek Posts: 18
    edited 12/29/2012 - 8:54 AM

    Yeah, but I did not have a discectomy, only had a laminectomy and foraminectomy. So assuming the disc is the way it is (slightly bulging), I would be the same as I was before the operation, with theoretically having more space for the nerve to move around. The surgeon repeatedly told me 6 weeks, and the 6 weeks is for the muscles that have been sewn back in place.

    So I'm not dealing with a herniation here.
  • Apologies. Take care.
  • Dave,

    Thank you for the care and attention you've given me in my recovery. I understand how the weight limitation could be important.
    I do want to be cautious when I attempt to lift. I did lift a two gallon gasoline can yesterday when getting gas for my snow blower, and I felt that it may have caused my toe to tingle more, which is not a good sign.

    The surgeon said he did not do a discectomy because the disk was nice and smooth and trimming it may cause the nerve to hang up on it, which I find hard to believe. If the tingling is still being caused by the bulging disk then I have cause to be very mad, because the operation would have been a waste.
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