The full recovery time for a laminectomy is two to three months, depending on the severity of the operation itself, according to WebMD. Regardless of the person's age, recovery times are subject to complications, and lifting and bending generally should not occur until after three months.
Though some patients may return home on the same day as their surgery, most remain in the hospital for several days, states WebMD. A laminectomy patient can usually begin resuming light activities anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on their pain level. This includes returning to school or work. Most doctors do not recommend resuming heavy activities for at least two to four months after surgery. In any case, it is important to consult with a doctor before returning to activities such as contact sports.