I just had a laminectomy done on Jan 25 and I can tell you you will need help initially. I was not allowed to drive for almost a month, like 123dietdrpepper said in their post no lifting, bending or twisting. I was feeling sooooo much better after surgery not having the constant pain I had prior to surgery. I only had surgical pain and for me wasn't all that bad. I only needed the pain meds for the first week or two and I was sent home with only Tylenol w/Codine because I had a horrible allergic reaction to the percocet. NOT FUN! If it helps guage what you can do I live alone in a 2 story house and I had no one staying with me at night. During the day my Mom or friends would stop by to see if I needed anything, took me places and aired me out
But I would follow the Drs advice especially after you start feeling better again. Best of luck to you!