I am 17 days post hemilaminectomy. I am struggling with pain and depression. I was so hopeful that this surgery would resolve the back, hip, leg and foot pain I’ve had for several years. After talking with others who have had immediate pain relief from this surgery, I was expecting the same. The first week was no better than before surgery. Then the second week I felt like I was making progress. Now I’m back to the same pain type and level as before surgery. The surgeon told me to expect steady improvement and he felt like at one month post surgery I would be almost pain free if not totally pain free. Maybe I just need to be patient. I would love to talk to someone who has gone through this same experience. I am 56 years old and want my active lifestyle back.