Lower Lumbar Laminectomy. Why are my feet/toes numb ?

If removing calcium buildup in vertebra (arthritis) frees up the nerves which where being pinched/restricted, why do nerves in our feet/ankles become numb ? I got the operation on 4/9/18. 18 days later (today) my feet are still numb..I am walking without a 'walker' a long time now and driving my car. But my gait is kind of clumsy (a little like a drunk person). I suppose this is due TO the numbness. Anyway, will the numbness totally go away at some point ? The incision has healed perfectly and there is no pain in that area at all. MH

Update:

TYPO : should read 18 months later. Not days later !

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