| | Re: Good laminectomy outcomes wanted (really, all experiences)
I had a laminectomy/discectomy on November 11 of this year (l4/l5). Before I decided on the surgery, I went through many months of extreme leg pain. I tried everything else because I really was afraid of surgery after reading some of the horror stories on this message board. When I went to see the surgeon, he said I was waisting my time trying the alternatives. I was miserable and at my wits end so I scheduled the surgery. As of this post I am doing great. I was back to work within 3 weeks of the surgery (desk job). The leg pain is completely gone & I am off of the prescription pain meds. I do however still have some back pain, but it is a cake walk compaired to what I went through with the leg pain.
I'm sure everyone's experience is different, but I am glad I did it and sorry I suffered for so long.