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Recovering from Laminectomy or LaminotomyRecuperaci³n de una laminectom­a o laminotom­a

Recovering from Laminectomy or Laminotomy

After surgery, you can expect to feel some pain at first. To gain the best pain relief, answer honestly when you are asked how much you hurt. Also expect health care providers to help you get up and moving. And you'll be shown how to clear your lungs.


Controlling Pain

At first, you may be given pain medications by IV or injection. Expect to feel some pain, even with the medications. This is normal. But if the medication does not reduce your pain, be sure to tell the nurse.

PCA Puts You in Control

With PCA (patient-controlled analgesia), pain medication is sent through an IV line at the push of a button. To provide a steady level of pain relief, only you should push the button. For your safety, the pumps have special features to limit the amount of medication you receive.

Getting Up and Moving

You may begin to walk within hours after surgery. This reduces some risks of surgery, such as blood clots. With an IV and a PCA pump in place, walking may be a little tricky. But don't worry. A health care provider will help you.

Clearing Your Lungs Image

Fluid can collect in the lungs after any surgery. To clear your lungs and prevent pneumonia, breathe deeply and cough. You should do this often-at least a few times each hour. A respiratory therapist or nurse may show you how to use an incentive spirometer. This machine can help you breathe in and out the right way.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T08:39:13-06:00

Contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.424.1881 for your orthopaedic needs. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation.


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For your orthopedic needs, contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.424.1881 . For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation. We...
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