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l4-l5 Laminotomy/Foraminotomy

drhpicksddrhpicks Posts: 1
edited 07/27/2015 - 3:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
i hate to make another "how long" post, but i can't find many topics about my specific type of surgery, most are about what i think are much more major surgeries, and i'm not sure how relevant posts about discectomies/fusions/etc are to my situation.

i had a minorly invasive laminotomy/foraminotomy to help with spinal stenosis in l4-l5 about a week ago. go in, roto-rooter the nerve canal, exit. simple.

symptoms prior to surgery (butt pain, muscle weakness/pain in back/side of leg, pain when standing) are still present, and i have more nerve pain now shooting down the leg than i ever had before the surgery. i'm fine as long as i stay in bed, the second i hit the floor my pain comes rushing back.

my surgeon told me that i would feel relief when i woke up, good in 2 weeks, and be fully recovered in a month, but from what i'm reading on this forum that is most likely way too optimistic.

is it normal to have more pain than before the surgery at this point? is it a sign that the surgery probably didn't address the real issue?

should i be laying in bed all day where i'm pain free? up and active to stretch and use the muscles? i wish i'd had more guidance from my doc, i'm going to call them today also. tia for any help.

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--- ron dilauro, spine-health system moderator : 07/27/15 09:31est
l4-l5 laminotomy and forimanotomy for spinal stenosis


  • Doreen2DDoreen2 Posts: 43
    edited 08/15/2015 - 9:20 AM
    Hi I hope you are feeling better, I had been told that I would slowly get better. The nerve would take up to 6 months. Healing 1 mm a day. Have you tried ice? Advil? I hope you will ask questions if you have any. D
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