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Back Surgery (Definition)

Any surg that enters the muscles & beyond. Usually means involving work on the bone structurs disks r considered back surgery. They include a multitude of procedures. 2 ...Read more


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Is the laser back surgery safer and less recovery time than open back surgery.wats the difference?

Is the laser back surgery safer and less recovery time than open back surgery.wats the difference?

Beware of Marketing: Gimmicks! The word "Laser" is used simply for the purpose of marketing, & drawing patients in, & not due to anything else. Laser is simply just a TOOL, not a procedure. To be able to use laser, one still has to make an incision, laser can then be used at the area of pathology if applicable pathology is present. It does not minimize the invasiveness of surgery if being performed by a well trained ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a back surgery on a herniated disk?

What is the recovery time for a back surgery on a herniated disk?

It depend: As you know we have so many operation for herniated disc. It take about 8-12 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the recovery for lapendectomy back surgery?

What is the recovery for lapendectomy back surgery?

"Laminectomy?": Most of my patients have recovered from a simple laminectomy by about 6 weeks. A fusion typically doubles this time. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will recovery take for back surgery?

Can someone tell me how long will recovery take for back surgery?

Depends on Type: Could be a few weeks to a few months, depending on what type of spine surgery was performed. Ask your surgeon to go over the specific surgery he/she is proposing for you including the expected recovery course. ...Read more

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Has anyone here had back surgery? Whats recovery like

Has anyone here had back surgery? Whats recovery like

Not bad: I have never had back surgery but have performed several thousand cases. If you are asking about a laminotomy & discectomy when performed with miss technique the procedure is usually performed in an outpatient setting. There is initial soreness of the muscles controlled with ice packs & oral analgesic meds. Patients with sedentary jobs usually are back to work in 10 to 14 days. ...Read more

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How long do people typically stay in the recovery room after back surgery?

How long do people typically stay in the recovery room after back surgery?

Depends: Most patients require at least an hour in the recovery room, depending on the procedure and type of anesthesia. For more complex and multiple hour surgeries, it common to see longer times for the patients to fully emerge from anesthesia. With significant medical issues, there are patients who may be sent directly to an intensive care unit for recovery and extubation. ...Read more

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I have recently had back surgery for the 4th time. What is best to restore strength in my back?

I have recently had back surgery for the 4th time. What is best to restore strength in my back?

Exercise : After this many operation it is very hard to keep up. Go to therapist and have him a home program of exercise and follow them. Happy new year. ...Read more

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How long should an nsaid be taken to treat chronic backpain? I have a degenerative L4 and herniated l5. Have already done several rounds of physical therapy. The orthopedic surgeon does not recommend back surgery at this time simple because of my age 29.

How long should an nsaid be taken to treat chronic backpain? I have a degenerative L4 and herniated l5. Have already done several rounds of physical therapy. The orthopedic surgeon does not recommend back surgery at this time simple because of my age 29.

Depends: The nature of your back pain would help determine the type of medication you should try. If your herniated disc is impinging on the nerve and you are having electric, burning, shooting "nerve" pain then you should try an neuropathic agent like gabapentin/lyrica. If is due joint issues related to the degeneration- nsaids are a good choice. Try naproxen. See an interventional pain physician. ...Read more

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