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what is spinal surgery for?

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Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Depends: There are many different types of back surgery. This includes spinal fusion, lumbar disc replacement, open discectomy, as well as minimally invasive procedures. You should discuss specific questions with your surgeon.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
It varies: It varies a lot, but the two most common reasons we do spinal survey is to either improve someone's pain or their function. Other reasons are to treat spinal fractures or correct spinal deformities. Thank you for your question.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How long does recovery take from spinal surgery?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
It depends what : Kind of surgery done could be few days or month.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Risks of spinal surgery?

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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Spinal surgery: Risks include infection, bleed, react to anesthesia, nerve damage, blood clots, death, decreased function, increased pain, non healing, possible further surgery--among others. Check with your spine surgeon.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What are some alternative to spinal surgery?

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Dr. Jason Marchetti
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 20 years experience
Many alternatives: Spine surgery is only "needed" for progressing neuro deficits (weakness, balance probs etc) or instability such as from bad fractures. Otherwise, surgery is elective just like joint replacements. Pt, chiro, acupuncture, inversion tables/traction treatments, meds, injections are all options. Most importantly, a regular home exercise program is vital for any arthritic condition (back or otherwise).
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you suggest any alternative to spinal surgery?

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Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Depends.: It would depend on what you need spinal surgery for. Sometimes, physical therapy, yoga, and massage can help symptoms associated with spinal problems. Other times, steroid injections can reduce symptoms. Lastly, there are certain conditions that can only be repaired surgically.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How can I handle a spinal surgery?

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Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
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Do some research : Ask your doctor for risks vs pros. Read up on the internet. Spinal surgery has become more accurate. my relative whos a Dr had spinal surgery and she was fine. The risks entail paralysis. Rehab is necessary for aftercare and time to get back into the normal routine and speed of your life. Ask for support and good luck!

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