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Back Surgery Recovery Time Frame
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My grandma had back surgery and a stroke several years ago and today she's having a hard time standing up. Are they connected?
How can I find out if my back problems are causing my detrusor instability? I have had three lumbar fusions. I started urinating 14 times a day after my last back surgery which was an alif. I am taking oxybutynin for frequency now but how can I be sure it
Not likely: It is not likely that having a lumbar fusion in and of itself would cause urinary frequency. There are many potential causes. Seeing a urologist, who might perform a test called a voiding cystometregram, can usually determine the cause. Thank you for your question. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: It is a non fusion device used to treat spinal stenosis. Basically, it is implanted between the spinous processes and distracts between them, thereby opening up the nerve canal. I used to do a lot more of them, but a recent paper shows they have a 26 percent reoperation rate. I still think they are a good option for the properly selected patient. ...Read more
What surgery: That is definately a question for your surgeon he/she fixed you up, and only the surgeon knows the right time to wait after surgery. Having said that there are some surgeries after which you should not return to the wieight bench. Your surgeon can guide you do not become a couch potato regardless. Do less impact exrcise often. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Covered: On your stomach covered with drapes small area of back exposed and scrubbed. ...Read more
Postop diet: No particular avoid items except anti-inflammatory meds if you've had a fusion. Eat foods that help to keep you regular: high fiber, bulk, and supplement as necessary. Understand narcotic medications and lessened activity levels cause constipation. Take iron if your blood count is low after a more major surgery. Calcium is also helpful in cases of fusion. Eat small, 6 meals per day to maintain wt. ...Read more
However is : Comfortable generally avoiding sleeping on your stomach for neck or back surgery. Some prefer having a pillow under their knees or a large pillow to use and hold if lying on either side with a relatively flat pillow to support the head keeping it in line with the shoulders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
MISS: Micro discectomy surgery is simply the removal of the disc using the microscope to illuminate and magnify the operative site. It may used thru a conventional incision or thru minimally invasive techniques tubes as small as 18 mm. When utilized thru a tubular system or other similar retractor system it is called minimally invadive spinal surgery (miss). ...Read more
Depends: When spine surgery is elective (not an emergency, such as for paralysis), it is best for a person to be well. If you have a serious infection or medical problem (like angina (chest pain), uncontrolled sugar (diabetes), uncontrolled high blood pressure, recent heart attack, recent heart stent required blood thinners) surgery should wait until those problems are addressed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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