A laminectomy is a very common, effective form of back surgery that has provided many people relief from a variety of conditions. It typically involves the removal of one or more vertebrae or spinal bones. In addition, ligaments or bone spurs that are compressing the nerves may be removed as well. If you are considering this type of procedure, here is what to expect.
Before a Laminectomy
Your doctor will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for a laminectomy. More than likely, you will be directed not to eat or drink anything after midnight the day before the procedure, wear comfortable, loose clothing when you arrive at the hospital, and do not wear any sort of jewelry. There is a possibility you may be able to return home the next day so you will need someone to take you to the hospital, bring you home and also take care of you. In the days before the surgery, take care of all your housekeeping and errands, and stock up on groceries. Have a plan in place so that a friend or family member will be able to help while you are recovering.
After a Laminectomy
Once you get back home, you can expect to experience a great deal of pain that will require strong medication. Never drive while taking these medications. Your doctor will let you know when you will be able to once again drive – in most cases it normally takes about a week or two. Avoid lifting, stooping or bending for several weeks, and follow all instructions regarding the proper way to bathe or shower. You will need to do what you can to keep the site of the incision dry and clean. The amount of time it will take you to recover will depend on the type of laminectomy you receive.
The experts with Advanced Spine and Orthopedics have a great deal of experience in performing a laminectomy and a long track record of success. Call 817-310-8783 or contact us online to learn more or schedule an appointment.