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Discharge Instructions for Laminectomy
A surgeon removed a piece of bone from the back of from your spine called the lamina. This procedure is called laminectomy. Its purpose is to relieve the pressure caused by a bulging disk, ligament, cyst, tumor, or bone that painfully pushes on a nerve. Below are some care tips you can follow at home to help you feel better.
Don't push, pull, bend, or twist for 2 week(s) after your surgery.
Don’t sit for more than 20 to 30 minutes at a time. And when you aren’t sitting, lie down or walk.
Walk as much as you can. You can walk outside or inside. If you use a treadmill, walk at a slow speed, with no incline.
Going up and down stairs is also good for you, so do it as much as possible. Don’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds (4.5 kg) until your doctor says otherwise.
Don’t drive for 2 to 3 weeks after your surgery. And never drive if you are taking opioid pain medication. Let others drive you instead. And limit car trips to 20 to 30 minutes at a time.
Have someone remove electrical cords, throw rugs, and anything else in your home that may cause you to fall.
Arrange your household to keep the items you need handy.
Take your medicine exactly as directed by your doctor.
Check your incision daily for redness, tenderness, or drainage.
Don’t soak in a bathtub, hot tub, or pool until your doctor says it’s OK.
Wait 3 day(s) after your surgery to start showering. Then shower as needed. Carefully wash your incision with soap and water. Gently pat the incision dry. Don’t rub it, or apply creams or lotions.
Call 911 When to call your healthcare provider
Call 911 right away if you have any of the following:
Shortness of breath
A severe headache
Trouble controlling your bowels or bladder
Calf pain, swelling, or redness
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:
Increased pain, redness, or drainage from the incision
Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider
New pain, weakness, warmth, or numbness in your legs
Foot, ankle, or calf swelling that is not relieved by elevating your feet
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