Although surgery has come a long way, it is wise to do your research before deciding to have lumbar laminectomy surgery. Recovery can vary from person to person based on the severity of the condition and the complexity of the surgery. In this article we will provide an overview of what to expect while recovering from this common procedure.
Lumbar laminectomy is a surgery that is performed on the lower spine to treat conditions such as Spinal Stenosis, leg pain due to a herniated disc, and other similar conditions. During the surgery the spinal canal is widened, therefore relieving pressure on the spinal cord. This is done by trimming or removing the lamina, which is the roof of the vertebrae, in order to create more space for the spinal nerves. A laminectomy may be performed with or without fusing vertebrae or the removal of part of the disc.
Lumbar Laminectomy Recovery in the Hospital
Successful recovery from a lumbar laminectomy requires that you approach your recovery with confidence and care. Having a positive attitude with help you set small goals for recovery and achieve them.
It is normal to feel pain after any operation. This is not an indication that your back surgery wasn’t a success. You may feel muscle spasms in the lower back and also pain in the legs. You will be given pain medication to control the pain. You will have inflammation in the body so it’s important to address the inflammation. To learn more about inflammation in the body and how to eliminate it naturally, CLICK HERE.
Next, it may take a few hours before you are able to sit up and walk around. Oftentimes you can even take a shower a day after surgery. A nice warm shower will make you feel better and it is important to keep the incision clean as the dressings will need to be kept clean and dry. The hospital stay is typically around 3-5 days.
Lumbar Laminectomy Recovery at Home
Once you return home, it is important to keep active, but do not push yourself. Walking is a safe and easy form of exercise during your lumbar laminectomy recovery. Sleep is important, and frequent short periods of rest are recommended during your recovery period.
Your doctor will let you know when it is safe for you to return to work. Remember to stay positive and surround yourself by encouraging and motivating people to help you along your recovery.
Written By: Updated: August 12,2011