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What is recovery from a laminectomy like?

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Depending on the extent of your surgery, you may need help getting out of bed and walking for a few days. It will hurt a lot, and you'll need strong medicine -- narcotics or opiates -- to control it. You'll also need to keep the incision site clean and dry.

Most people can return to driving in a week or two. You may not be able to do activities that include bending, stooping, or lifting for several weeks.

Your doctor will remove your stitches or staples after about 2 weeks.

You may not know if your back pain is better until 6 weeks or more after the surgery.

SOURCES:

Weinstein, J. , 2008. New England Journal of Medicine

Chou, R. 2009. Spine,

Thome, C. 2005. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Lumbar spinal stenosis."

Tuite, G. , 1994. Journal of Neurosurgery

Tuite, G. , 1994 Journal of Neurosurgery 

Canale, S. Mosby, 2008. Campbell's Operative Orthopedics,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Weinstein, J. , 2008. New England Journal of Medicine

Chou, R. 2009. Spine,

Thome, C. 2005. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Lumbar spinal stenosis."

Tuite, G. , 1994. Journal of Neurosurgery

Tuite, G. , 1994 Journal of Neurosurgery 

Canale, S. Mosby, 2008. Campbell's Operative Orthopedics,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 11, 2018

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