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Numbness post Laminectomy @ L-3

I had the Laminectomy at L-3 in May of this year. It was supposed to be an Outpatient surgery but when I awoke after the surgery I realized my right leg from my waist down to my toes were numb. My doctor didn't believe me when I told him that I could not feel or move my right leg. I was forced to go to a Rehab Facility to try to walk again. The rehab only got me on a walker. I try a cane but am clumsy with it.
I had the surgery to ease the pain in my back but what I got is a numb leg and according to my doctor the nerve is "shot" and he "cannot do anything else" for me and dismissed me.
Will I get the feeling back in my leg? Has anyone had this happen to them? It has been 5 months and still no feeling. My life is so complicated now! I have to carefully plan a trip to an appointment so I will not end up flat on my face in the road or in a hallway somewhere. I need help at home but my insurance will not pay.
My doctor did not tell me that my leg being numb was a possibility post surgery and, as a matter of fact, never told me about any risks.
I should have known better as I have worked in the medical/healthcare field my entire career but I fell for the ease in talking with him and the joking around and even his office staff....I was stupid!


  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971


    If I were in your shoes I would seek out a second opinion.  Your doctors feedback "the nerve is shot" just doesn't sound right for a laminectomy. 

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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