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  • Ok, so I'm not 'new', but I'm new to this part...

    So, I'm having a laminectomy (L3/4/5 S1, possibly farther) soon, (VA's working on the scheduling) but I have no idea what to expect, especially with arm surgery being done at the same time. How long is the 'usual' hospitalization for just a laminectomy?
    I'm assuming somebody from the VA will tell m something besides what they're going to do, but so far...
    I have to be scheduled with the anesthesiologist, then they'll schedule the surgery, according to the surgeon, but he's just there to talk about his part, right?

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    WOW, had that exact surgery bout oh' say 12 yrs ago. Kinda a rough one, when they do it they cut the little supporting attachments on the vertibrae, and leaves them feeling kinda loose, like a skeleton kindof "rattling". You'll feel like the bones are kindof loose, but they'll tighten up eventually, just be careful. I hope it goes well for you, good luck. I got out in about 3 days, but then I got out in one day after fusion surgery, it was a breeze.

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    • #3
      I Hope some of the good people here have some info for you Coleen.

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      • #4
        I hope all goes well for you, Coleen. I'm sorry you have to endure that.

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        • #5
          Coleen,
          I would expect up to 1-2 days but it often depends. All surgeons are different but I am expecting they would order a brace/corset for you? Is that in the plan? You will have pain management during the immediate post-op time. You should be braced and sitting edge of bed the day after surgery. I have had people walking day 1 depending on tolerance and ability. The surgeon should explain the expectations. See if there is a spine surgery pre-op class available. Find a friend or relative to be "coach/buddy" for you. Line up some help ahead of time and put some prepared food in your freezer to make it all easier. Moving around after is good for you. I hope you feel better FAST!

          Mary
          1FineSpineRN

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          • #6
            Thanks, everyone, it all helps! Happy Thanksiving, too!

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            • #7
              The surgeon's PA called today - I'm scheduled for surgery next Friday - 12/3 and I have my pre-op appointments this coming Monday. I did ask the PA about hospital time, he said it's day or overnight surgery, barring any complications.
              Good thing I'm going to my daughter's house after!

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              • #8
                I had a 6 hours of surgery to perform a laminectomy 30 hours after my accident, T 1 through T7 to remove the blood clots and stuff in my spinal canal from the internal bleed from the fracture of T2. I spent 4 days in High Dependency (ICU) in Edinburgh and was then transfered to the Spinal unit in Glasgow where I spent 10 weeks on my back in the High Dependency unit there. The Spinal surgeon did not want to go back into the surgery site to fix it with metalwork so I was bed rest and natural healing, which was good as I have no metal or pain associated with that kind of work. After that I had a body brace on for 4 months while I started to mobilise and rehab. The worst bit I remember of it was all the x-rays (painful positioning), CT scans and MRI's before the surgery so the cutter knew where to cut. Then again at that point I had an unstabilised broken back and the other associated bumps and bruises so I was a bit fragile to say the least (threw up in the x-ray room from the pain).

                I hope this does not scare you, my surgery was much more severe than you are facing I sure and for a different reason.

                Good luck and let us know how you get on I for one would be very interested to know how it went and the recovery time ad procedure.

                Thinking positive thoughts for you on the 3rd.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the info, I'll find out the "general particulars" (Yes, the PA actually said that) during my pre-op appointment on Monday. I'm curious, though, what's a general particular?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Coleen View Post
                    Thanks for the info, I'll find out the "general particulars" (Yes, the PA actually said that) during my pre-op appointment on Monday. I'm curious, though, what's a general particular?
                    coleen,
                    was reading your thread and wondering how you made out regarding information about your surgery?

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                    • #11
                      Colleen, hope it went well, haven't heard from you, prayin.

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                      • #12
                        I'm back - and so is part of the body that went AWOL.
                        My back hurts terribly, but I can (thought it's tiring) walk a good 100 feet with a quad cane. The shooting nerve pain down my leg is gone, but the bad ache is still there - oh well, it's a good trade off. I've got all but the pinky side of my hand back, and even all but 1/2 my ring finger & pinky are back!I can play guitar hero now, but am still working on adapting to playing the organ without all the fingers working.
                        They tried to boot me out of the hospital on Saturday - had the surgery Friday, for 9 hours - what the heck were they doing? - I hit the OR at 7:30 & came to recovery at nearly 5. My daughter agreed to take me home Sunday evening. I'm bruised as all get out, but generally feeling well.
                        I see him today & I'm hoping he'll tell me I don't need to use the chair anymore, but I already know that it'll be needed for 'outdoor' trips. He told me I'll never loose the AFO, and might need knee support added, but I can stand about 20 minutes (so far) without my knee 'going'.
                        Thanks to everyone for caring.

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                        • #13
                          Hey Coleen, Sounds like things went as well as possible.
                          I hate it that it is such a rush to get people out of the hospital.
                          Keep us posted.

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                          • #14
                            So glad to hear things went well. Glad to have you back. Don't over do it.

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                            • #15
                              I'm walking part time with a quad cane now, but for any 'long distance' I'm supposed to use a w/c still. The surgeon chewed me out last week because I was walking "so far" (from th waiting room to the exam room & back) so soon - he told me that with the amount of work he had to do to clear the nerves & my cord I need to treat my back as if it was broken bones & it'll take 8 - 12 weeks to heal (I'm a slow healer). He has me set up for PT on the 7th & OT on the 13th & said not to walk more than 15 minutes out of every 2 hours until they clear me. Boring! Oh well, I'll listen to him, of course.
                              My left leg is still weak, the knee keeps going AWOL - which he warned me could be a probability, but even if I have to wear a KAFo, I'll still be up again!
                              He said if I didn't "behave" & follow instructions they'd have to put rods in to support my spine, which would give me limited motion. O - K - I'll behave!
                              Happy Christmas to all!!!!

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