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Is surgery required for disk bulges

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Personal consult: An in-person evaluation would be needed to provide you with information about what treatment option is best for you.

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Physical therapy: Okay to ask your doc why she was not a surgery candidate. Okay to ask for physical therapy, it can be helpful. Be well and good luck.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Wallach
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
There are risks: There are significant risks associated with back surgery such as nerve damage, infection, bleeding, need for more surgery. The anesthesia also has ri... Read More
Dr. Reza Karimi
Neurosurgery 16 years experience
Routine: This is a routine procedure that carries relatively low risk. That being said, no surgery is completely without risk and a thorough discussion of the ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Praveen Prasad
Neurosurgery 43 years experience
Absolutely: In reality, over 80% of herniated discs improve without operation almost regardless of the treatment, whether medicines, physiotherapy, chiropractic, ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Pham
Neurosurgery 25 years experience
Back surgery: The cost for back surgery is typically higher in the hospital than in an outpatient surgical center. The cost for fusion surgery such as artificial d... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Physical therapy: Try physical therapy. It has been shown to be 95% effective in relieving pain from herniated disks in the cervical spine.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Back surgery: Arachnoiditis does not usually occur from a bulging disk it can occur from back surgery, particularly if there have been multiple back surgeries
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jaspreet Singh
Urology 18 years experience
Get a second opinion: There is no harm in getting a second opinion to help explore other options - perhaps a back surgeon or neurosurgeon. Don't lose hope - good luck.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
L5-S1: I think you mean L5-S1. Ruptured discs are gradually resorbed and heal so the good news is that, in time, the vast majority of people recover. Meanwhi... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 42 years experience
No : No over-the-counter pain medication will come close to relieving pain compared to the oxycodone you're already taking. If you can't push your surgery... Read More

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