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what to expect with tmj discectomy?

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Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
TMJ discectomy: Tmj discectomy is a form of arthroplasty, but instead of repairing the disc, it is removed. You'll have some pain but it should be manageable. You'll need a very soft diet and active range of motion exercises for several weeks. However, the long term results are generally good.
Dr. Kim Capehart
Dentistry 20 years experience
TMJ Discectomy: Tmj discectomy is the removal of the disk that cushions the joint. This is usually a more radical procedure with up to 2-3 week recovery time and several months for tissue to fill the joint. During the healing time your bones will rub and grind together and once healed, you may be able to use jaw within a month to six week following surgery.
Dr. Duane Keller
Dentistry 45 years experience
Expect problems: Removing the disc in your TMJ is not a good idea and should be avoided if possible. This procedure not only places the joint in a compromised position, but will increase the possibility of arthritis and degenerative changes. I would seek other opinions. You might look up dr. Larry wolford in dallas and get his opinion. I wold not recommend doing this to anyone.
Dr. Brett Noorda
Dentistry 25 years experience
I agree. This is a treatment I would not recommend. See a TMJ/TMD specialist or two for other opinions.
Mar 18, 2013
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Improvement: Expect improvement in most cases. Less noise, less pain. Better opening. Make sure you have a very experienced surgeon.

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How long are you numb for after having a discectomy?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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It depends: It may take week or few month, it may stay permanent, that depends on the severity of the injury of the nerve and how long been pressure by the disc. Some changes of the nerve structure are revisable some are not?
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Is it safe to cycle after a discectomy?

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Yes: If you recover well and have no problems, i think you could? Caution always does not heart.
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I am having a discectomy on tuesday. What can I expect?

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Back soreness: I'm assuming here that you're having a lumbar microdiskectomy. You will experience some incisional soreness, low back aching and pain which is easily managed with medication. If you are experiencing leg pain and numbness, the pain should be better quickly afterward. Numbness takes longer. Rest is the key. No excessive activity. Ice pak on the back helps. You should improve quickly. Good luck.
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Can a discectomy be reversed?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
No: Diskectomy is a surgical procedure in which disk material is removed, usually to relieve spinal cord pressure (neck and mid back disks), arm pain (neck disks), or leg pain (mid and low back disks). It cannot be put back in later. There are disk replacement (neck and low back), but at this time they are all made of artificial (human made) materials.
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How is a discectomy done?

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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 29 years experience
Laminectomy: Most discectomies (lumbar) are performed through a laminectomy or laminotomy, when a posterior opening into the spinal canal is made to approach the disc. It can also be performed through approaches such as anterior (cervical), depending on the location of pathology. Percutaneous and/or endoscopic approaches can be done, usually for less severe pathology.

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