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Had my Laminectomy surgery

Had my second surgery on 13 December. I am only just now able to be lucid enough to type. Had the posterior laminectomy with decompression and fusion with rods. Was planned to be from C3 - C7 initially but after further review of my MRIs the neurosurgeon did followup scans of my thorasic spine and the surgery covered from C3 - T4 so it was much larger than initially planned. Thanks for everyone's thoughts. I will update as things change for me.

Right now recovery is rough. They are trying to track down some special brace I need lucky me so I will be in the hospital for another day or two probably.


  • So glad you are now in recovery though I know you are in major pain. That was a huge surgery you had. I just had thoracic surgery and know the pain so cant imagine what you are dealing with. I hope you are now finished and wont have to endure anymore surgeries. I hope they find the brace you need so you can go home and be comfortable.

  • Hi bpreachers,
    I had thoracic surgery with instrumentation and fusion on T6-T7, 6 weeks ago today. I had a lot of pain the first few weeks but it did improve greatly so keep your chin up if you start to feel down. I had a lot of ups and downs which I guess is pretty normal. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  • Wow that is a big surgery!
    I hope that they will be able to find the suitable brace that you need so that you can go home soon. Make sure that you have your pain under control before you do go home.

    I hope that your recovery will change gear into a smoother ride soon.
  • Thanks everyone. All in all i spent 6 days in the hospital (got out yesterday). I have a temp collar for now pick up my Minerva brace tomorrow. All in all looks like I got 42 staples in my back holding the incision together. Shoulders hurt like hell and my necks stiff but nerve pain is gone and my legs are strong and I have regained full use of my left hand.

    I have a photo but cant seem to figure out how to upload it lol.
  • Welcome home. I'm stil in hospital from a L3/4 Lami and fusion and can't say I hurt as much as you but am glad you're finally home. I'm hoping to be released today.

    Hang in there and take the meds you need to stay on top of your pain. I expect we'll be talking over the next few weeks and I recover right along with you.

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  • Best of luck in both your recovery ! Cathie dont forget to steal some of those small towels and bed pans before leaving the hospital, Bed pans are perfect for changing the oil on the car and towels are well you can never have enough shop towels,
    I am runing low on towels wonder maybe i should have another surgery ! Git-er-done

    Best wishes to both of you with your recovery and have a great Christmas !
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Cath111CCath111 Posts: 3,554
    edited 12/20/2012 - 4:05 AM
    Get me your address and I'l not only send you the extra towels, but the non-slip socks, shampoo and the hardware that they replaced. Those would fit on your car, wouldn't they?

    Git'r done!
  • Got my Minerva Brace today. Only have to wear it when traveling in the vehicle and/or walking for long periods. Soft collar is good for everything else. Should get my staples out on the 26th (all 42 of em lol).

    I GOT TO TAKE MY FIRST SHOWER IN A WEEK TODAY. It was amazing. Luckily my wife was there because I had to have her wash my back. This surgery has reaked havoc on my shoulders it would seem.
  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,372
    edited 12/21/2012 - 12:42 AM

    I remember that first shower after spinal surgery. It feels so good! It is almost like all our senses are heightened and having warm water pouring over our muscles is just wonderful. I found it after both my lumbar and cervical fusions.

    bpreachers, what is going to happen about you returning to work? I remember before you said that you couldn't have long off work. You are not going to be able to return quickly after this surgery, I wouldn't think.

    Hopefully, once you have had your staples out, you will feel more comfortable.
    I saw my surgeon yesterday for the first time since being in hospital. The x-rays that were done show that I have started to fuse! That was such good news!

    Keep resting and have a great Christmas.
  • You all the best with your recovery. I am sure you will be happy to get all those staples out. Hope that you are able to take the time you need off work to recover, so important to take things slow.
    >: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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