Thank you, Doctor, I actually had fusion surgery with BMP and rods/screw placement. This was 6 months ago. The neurologist that did the EMG said that the nerve damage is permanent along with the foot drop. I did not get to ask him alot of questions as I was not prepared for the answers he gave me. He said that 4 of the 6 nerves for L4-L5 in my left leg appeared to have permanent damage. I will seek another opinion from a NS that does micro surgery to see if there is anything else that can be done, either about the nerve damage or the scar tissue. Thank you for your time, I appreciate your help!
Hi, Thank you for your question. Usually, recovery from a laminectomy procedure takes time and as everyone is different it may vary as well. Most of the times, one may experience back and leg pain during the recovery period. However, essentially you should avoid prolonged sitting, lifting heavy objects, bending, twisting and excessive exertion for the first three weeks. It is not like that you restrict all activities but you should gradually increase your physical activities over this period. Additionally, common complication of a laminectomy is that there is a possibility that another fragment of disc will herniate and may cause similar symptoms. Therefore, endoscopic microdiscectomy is appropriate in some specific situations, and you may check this with your treating neurologist. Hope this helps.
As an amateur I have read that low level laser light therapy can speed your recovery, you have to keep believing in the regeneration of the nerve and yes the deterioration of muscle while that happens may spook you but everything will sprout back in time :-)
Get loving massage, stay active, strengthen your will to live and succeed.