I am 3 months post op from laminectomy/discectomy. I know that it is definetely gradual. It can take a good year or so to heal after a lamy. My doctor said that I was doing well but had a ways to go still. I know my first 6-8 weeks were pretty crappy then I started to feel 'well' again. I have alot of back pain though from the bone growth and enlargement of my facet joints. I went back to work 2 weeks ago and it has gotton to be real hard on me but before that it was improving. I know it is a long process but sometimes you may feel like your just getting no where when you have a flare. It is like taking 3 steps forward and 2 steps back. It takes time. It's not something that happens over night. How does your back feel? Did they have to cut through your muscles and ligaments?
My big problem now is swelling at the surgery site. I went back to work and it is flaring over the incision where he did all the bone removal from the spurs. I can tell ya, it is definetely a process. But, you just having a leg problem, recovery for that is probably much less!~ Just remember that walking is the best. Probably not yet though. I was walking 30 minutes a day before coming back to work as it has set me back.
I wish you luck and keep us posted on your recovery. Any questions that you have I'll try to answer.
[QUOTE=Kokomo]HI- I am two weeks past L4/5(one level) laminectomy for lumbar stenosis which radiated pain down both legs. Feeling fairly optimistic. While I feel definite pain relief, I wanted to know if anyone is aware of how long you will continue to experience improvement, and if there is a gradual or largely a more immediate relief of pain just following surgery. I had no other surgery as it was indicated for relief of leg pain only. Am interested in anything people could share about their laminectomy.