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A friend of mine, 48 y/o, underwent a Hemilaminectomy &

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Hello. A friend of mine, 48 y/o, underwent a Hemilaminectomy & discectomy survey 2 days ago and was discharged last night. He is now recuperating home and was told the numbess and pain (in his left leg which used to cause him the intense pain) are normal post surgery sensations. If there something else he can do at the moment? Is ice/cold compress helpful? When will he be able to return to at least mild activity and what kind of foods will help him?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.

Hello from JustAnswer.

We usually will allow a person that has undergone spine surgery to start walking when the patient has been discharged home, although they should avoid pushing, pulling, bending or twisting for a couple weeks. Since the doctor has instructed him to be on bedrest, then he must have had a more complicated surgery than average, but he will likely be able to start walking in a few days. Even once he is allowed to start walking, it is better to avoid sitting in one position for a long time

The wound should be kept clean and dry until he is told that he can shower or bath, which is usually after several days, so ice or cold compresses would usually be avoided.

From the perspective of diet, it is good to be eating a generally healthy diet, including a good amount of protein and fiber, but any foods that are high in protein and fiber would be good.

It is also important to avoid smoking, as this can impair healing from spine surgery. If he has never smoked, then this is not an issue, but if he usually smokes, it would be better if he can stop smoking while recovering from the surgery.

Is there any other information that would be helpful?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.

If there is no other information that would be helpful, then I will close out the question.

If I can provide any additional assistance, please let me know.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hello Dr. love, thank you for your reply. He is currently experience pain in his left leg which is almost the same as the pain pre surgery. Is this normal reaction post op?
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.

It is common to still have pain similar to the pain before the surgery that will slowly subside. Even though the pressure on the nerve may have been relieved by the surgery, it still will take time for the nerve to heal.

It is also true that there are some people in whom the surgery does not work, but it is far too early to say whether he will be one of the people that will have slow improvement in pain or one in whom the surgery does not work. Only time will tell.

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