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    Old 05-23-2017, 10:30 AM   #1
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    Positive Postings on Minimal Envasive Laminectomies

    Im having minimaly Invasive laminectomies for L3-4 and L4-5 this week for constant pain in Both butt cheeks and Both hamstrings and not being able to walk more than a block before a burning sensation forms at the top of my left leg,then down the leg then getting numb till finally loss of coordination/strength and having to stop and stretch. Had mri in march and me and my spine surgeon went over the results . I was amazed at the closing of the canal at these two discs and a surgery seems to be the logical choice. Only now Ive been watching vids on ******* and reading this board (All NEGATIVE). Im getting a little nervous. Are there ANY positive experiences from anyone???🙁

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    Old 05-26-2017, 07:23 AM   #2
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    Re: Positive Postings on Minimal Envasive Laminectomies

    Oops. I guess you've had the surgery by now. Sorry no one responded.
    The important thing for you, at this point, is to take recovery very seriously and follow your surgeon's instructions precisely, no cheating. If your surgeon is like mine and his instructions consist of "If it hurts, don't do it" I offer the following based on experience from three major surgeries.

    I, too suffered from spinal stenosis that eventually limited my mobility to the point where I was almost housebound. In my case, I needed a fusion due to instability.

    You will be told to avoid bending, lifting, twisting and should not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk until your surgeon advises otherwise. For the first twelve weeks, it is important to take short, frequent walks. This is to try to prevent scar tissue from attaching to a nerve as it forms and fills in during the first twelve weeks. Try to walk every several hours, even if it is walking around the main floor of your house several times. If walking outside, walk on a level, even surface at a comfortable pace. Speed and distance are not important at this point. Walking is not being done for aerobic exercise!

    Limit sitting to 15-20 minutes at a time. Then get up and move around a bit. Reclining takes the stress off the discs and thus, is better than sitting.

    You may be constipated from the anesthetic and pain medications so eat high fiber foods, drink lots of fluids and eat fruits, especially blueberries!

    Most importantly, learn to listen to your body. Do not be in a rush to do things--and start out cautiously because you will not know you are doing too much until it is too late! Whether you end up having to go back for more surgery depends to some extent on how well you recover from this surgery.

    Good luck.

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