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A 21-year-old member asked:

what are the long-term outcomes of surgical treatment for spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
It depends: These arethe result after 8 years follow up for patients have the sugery.There were 68% excellent and good, 22% fair and 10% poor results. Back pain was relieved in 91% of the patients. Leg pain was relieved in 76% of the patients. Numbness was relieved in 87% of the patients. Five patients had re-operations.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Usually ok: When surgery is indicated, good results are found in the majority of patients but tend to lessen after 5 years due to ongong degenerative changes. However, if you are a smoker, have diabetes, neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, the results are less predictable. The same is true if in the cervical region, a myleopathy has developed as a result of the stenosis.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is a catheter needed for gallbladder surgery?

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Dr. Ben Ferguson
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General Surgery 10 years experience
It depends: Whether a urinary catheter is needed depends on the length of the operation as well as surgeon preference. Sometimes a catheter is placed for the operation only and removed before a patient wakes up from anesthesia. If the operation is uncomplicated and only involves taking out the gallbladder, then this is usually short enough to not need a catheter.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is catheter angiography necessary before bypass surgery for someone with CAD ?

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Dr. Thomas Birdas
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Yes: It is like a roadmap to decide which vessels to bypass.
A 41-year-old member asked:

If I have incontinence due to prostate surgery how should I measure the extent for my doctor?

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Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology 16 years experience
A few ways...: Quantifying leakage is valuable to the urologist seeking to manage incontinence, but it is difficult to do. Some provide the doctor with a 'pad count', or simply the number of pads used per day. A more accurate way is by pad weight. To do this, place used pads in a plastic bag (i.e. Ziploc) & weigh it. Then subtract the weight of the bag and the same number of dry pads. Add up the weights daily.
A 41-year-old female asked:

I have had surgeries for endometriosis and I really want to get pregrant am 42 what can I do.?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
RE ASAP: See a reproductive endocrinologist as soon as you can: all else notwithstanding, if you are 42 years old you don't have time to waste. See a specialist; you may not need aggressive treatment but you can't afford the luxury of trial and error that younger women often have. Best of luck!
A 32-year-old male asked:

My brother was diagnosed with a warthin's tumor and needs surgery to remove it. What should we be concerned with in regards to this procedure?

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Dr. Francine Mosley
General Practice 20 years experience
Have surgery, go on.: It's also called: papillary cystadenoma lymphomatosum, and is 8x > in smokers, occurs in men and women and in 5% - 14% or cases, warthin's tumor is bilateral. Warthin's tumor is highly unlikely to become malignant. This is not to be confused with wharton's duct, which is the name for the submandibular duct. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/warthin%27s_tumor.

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