Lumbar Decompression Surgery

Lumbar decompression surgery is a type of spinal surgery performed to treat some conditions affecting the lower back (lumbar spine) that haven't responded to other treatments. The main aim of this type of surgery is to improve problems affecting the legs, such as persistent pain and numbness, caused by pressure on the nerves in the spine. Lumbar decompression surgery is often used to treat spinal stenosis, slipped disc, sciatica, spinal injuries and metastatic spinal cord compression. There are two common types of spine surgery decompression procedures: Microdiscectomy and lumbar laminectomy.

Advantages: There is good evidence that decompression surgery can be an effective treatment for people with severe pain caused by compressed nerves. Up to three in every four people who have the operation experience a significant improvement in pain.


When can the patient go back to work after surgery?

The patient can go back to work after complete healing. The decision is also based on the type of job and the occupation of the patient. Most people return after four to six weeks if their job is not physically demanding.

Can the patient drive after the surgery?

After complete healing from the surgery in about 6 weeks’ time the patient can drive. Patient should not be taking any painkillers that can make them drowsy. Patient should be comfortable in the driving position and able to fully control the car.

What will happen post-surgery?

Immediately after surgery, patient will have some pain in and around the area of the surgery. Patient will receive pain relieving medications. The original leg pain before surgery improves considerably improves immediately post-surgery, however, six weeks rest is necessary for complete heal and to be fit for normal activities.

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