By Renan Abagat PT
Lumbar laminectomy is a surgical procedure done in the lower part of the spine designed to remove a small portion of the bone/ spine that is pinching a nerve root and/or a bulging disc that is pressing on a nerve causing pain, weakness and/or tingling in the back and lower extremities. Patients are usually required to stay in the hospital for 1-3 days and their return to normal activities is dependent on their condition prior to surgery as well as their age. Walking is one of the best things a post laminectomy patient can do barring any complications. They will also be asked to avoid excessive bending, lifting and twisting until their surgeon releases them to those activities.