looking for feedback to lenghth of recovery from a laminectomy?
Don''t know if my situation applies, but back in 2002 at the age of 50, I herniated a disk (L5S1) in my lower lumbar region of my back, causing excruiating leg pain (left ) ,which I shall never forget. I had a de-compression laminectomy performed which immediately took away the pain. The recovery was a "piece of cake," however, within a couple of months, I re-herniated the same disk. This time I opted for a spinal injection which was done as an out patient and it took about 30 min or so. The second time I herniated the disk my pain level was only at about a 4, so not awful but just enough to keep me awake some nights so wanted to try the injection. I don't think I would go the route of surgery again without at least trying the injection. I guess you can have up to 3 per year. I never had to go for another one. My daugher is an RN and didn't want to tell me at the time I was going in for surgery, that there's no such thing in her opinion, and what her experience as a nurse has told her, as one back surgery. Good luck, hope this helps.
Hi all! I'm re-animating this discussion as several members have been asking about and sharing their experiences with laminectomy, also known as decompression surgery. Here's some basic info from Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/laminectomy/basics/definition/prc-20009521.
On 10/3/2016 I had a laminectomy (l5/S1) after trying to decrease pain for approx. 40 years. Originally the pain went down my leg but I found exercises to take it out of my leg. (the main exercise that helped was hanging by the ankles on an exercise board).
The pain got so bad approx. 6 years ago I had to ride a mobility scooter from the bed to the kitchen. I found exercises to help me walk again, but still in a lot of pain. I finally had THE OPERATION. The doctor replaced the disc with a frame, and he injected bone from the bone bank into the frame and protein to try and harden up the frame. The first cut was from the front to take the disc out and then attach a titanium brace to the two vertebrae. But I had to be opened either side of the backbone from the back to cut out calcification. One of the back wounds was still seeping when I left hospital. I found this neglectful when they took the cover off the wound and let me go home. Since then I have been talking to a Dr friend and they said that seeping is a sign of infection. (I didn't know that at the time). On arriving home after the operation 18 days after, (9 days of re-hab) I was only home one night and had to be taken back to hospital with an infection in the would. The night before the second operation I was having difficulty getting enough oxygen to even talk. The nurse heard me trying to talk to a friend on the phone, took the [phone off me and gave me oxygen. This apparently was not reported to the doctor. With the second operation to take out the infection, my lungs filled up with fluid, I died and they put me in a coma. I woke up the next day - very very weak. Since arriving home I cannot lie down without pain, and from what I have been told (not by the doctor - by friends) it will take 12 months to get over it. I will have to go to physio for approx. 6 months.
I moved your message to this thread to introduce you to others who have had a laminetomy. Please also meet @robertlclark, @ladyjane85, @twokitties, @stumpy, @pamperthyself, @sharonmay7 and @dbentley.
Eliza, your story sounds particularly traumatic. How long were you in hospital and when did you arrive home?