How long is recovery from a laminectomy?

After a minor (decompressive) laminectomy, you are usually able to return to light activity (desk work and light housekeeping) within a few days to a few weeks. If you also had spinal fusion with your laminectomy, your recovery time will likely be longer — from two to four months.

What is lamina surgery?

Laminectomy is a type of surgery in which a surgeon removes part or all of the vertebral bone (lamina). This helps ease pressure on the spinal cord or the nerve roots that may be caused by injury, herniated disk, narrowing of the canal (spinal stenosis), or tumors.

Does lamina grow back after laminectomy?

A laminectomy removes the entire lamina. Removal of the lamina allows more room for the nerves of the spine and reduces the irritation and inflammation of the spinal nerves. The lamina does not grow back. Instead, scar tissue grows over the bone, replacing the lamina, and protects the spinal nerves.

What is the success rate of a laminectomy?

The disadvantages of conventional laminectomy include the resection of osteoligamentous construction, which sometimes causes secondary spinal instability and trunk extensor weakness. The success percentage of the traditional laminectomy procedure is only 64%.

How serious is a laminectomy?

Laminectomy is generally a safe procedure. But as with any surgery, complications may occur. Potential complications include: Bleeding.

How long will I have pain after laminectomy?

After the surgery, your back pain may take six weeks or more to get better. Complete recovery after a laminectomy depends on the extent of your surgery, your general health, any underlying medical conditions, the number of segments treated and your condition after the surgery.

How do you sleep after a lumbar laminectomy?

Just like sleeping on your back, sleeping on your side helps reduce pain and pressure. Try to alternate between sleeping on your left and right side to distribute the pressure and benefit your spine’s alignment. Right after surgery, you can also place a pillow under or in between your knees.