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I had back surgery an my therapist recommended I stretch out but I never did could that be the reason why I'm feeling stiff an back pain still?

I had back surgery an my therapist recommended I stretch out but I never did could that be the reason why I'm feeling stiff an back pain still?

Could be: Medicine doesn't do you any good if you leave it on the bottle. Physical therapy was prescribed, you didn't do the therapy, and yet you expect to heal as if you followed directions. I don't understand why you fell entitled. ...Read more

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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I had back surgery on 1/15/13 and left hospital feeling ok. Now I have some level of numbness from my face to my toes. What could be the cause of this?

I had back surgery on 1/15/13 and left hospital feeling ok. Now I have some level of numbness from my face to my toes. What could be the cause of this?

Paresthesias: Back surgery sequellae usually cause problems in the surgical site and distally. For problems running the entire body, I think it would be difficult to place the blame on the surgery. I would return to my surgeon and explain the situation. A visit to a neurologist may be in order, since various scenarios, not excluding guillian-barre syndrome, need to be considered. ...Read more

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Had back surgery a week ago and my blood pressure has been continually fluctuating from high to low. I have been feeling nauseous and dizzy.

Had back surgery a week ago and my blood pressure has been continually fluctuating from high to low. I have been feeling nauseous and dizzy.

Spine surgery dizzy: Many spine surgeries have to open the cord covering (dura) to repair the I problem. Occasionally a tear will develop after closure causing a leak of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) which can cause your symptoms. Notify your surgeon to evaluate this possibility, or look for other complications. ...Read more

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I just had a lumbar spinal fusion 1mo ago, its my second back surgery. I'm feeling a weird air bubble slight popping in my spine (lumbar) what is it!?

I just had a lumbar spinal fusion 1mo ago, its my second back surgery. I'm feeling a weird air bubble slight popping in my spine (lumbar) what is it!?

Discuss this with: Your surgeon. There are various sensations that could be normal, and part of the healing process. But you should bring up your symptoms up to your surgeon for evaluation. So that the cause (if anything) could be identified, and if not a big deal, your surgeon will then let you know. ...Read more

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After back surgery can you get shorter?

After back surgery can you get shorter?

Not usually: Depends on the problem and surgery but would expect fusion type surgery to open up disc spaces with interbody device and preserve or increase height
compression fractures in verebral bodies can make a person shorter. ...Read more

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What kind of exercise is viable after back surgery?

What kind of exercise is viable after back surgery?

Many types!: Exercise for your back is vitally important after surgery. The kind of exercise varies based on the type of surgery but generally speaking: stretching and core strengthening, more pecifically yoga and pilates are good choices. That doesn't mean you can't play golf or tennis it just means you should be focusing some time specifically on your back (and core). ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to have back surgery?

Please tell me how long it takes for to have back surgery?

Depends upon type: Assuming single level surgeries
kyphoplasty 15-30 mins
microdiskectomy-45-90 mins
laminectomy-60-90 min
lumbar fusion-90-120 mins
cervical fusion/disk replacement 60-120 mins
scoliosis fusion 180-600 mins. ...Read more

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I'm having back surgery tomorrow and really worried. Ocan you offer me some helpful hints on how to go?

I'm having back surgery tomorrow and really worried. Ocan you offer me some helpful hints on how to go?

Many Ways: Anxiety before surgery is to be expected. I suggest methods of relaxation such as meditation, music, exercise, sexual activity (protection), moderate use of alcohol (if ok with surgeon), family/friends support. I also ask patients to remember that objectively speaking, they should be aware that they will be safer during the time of surgery that driving on the freeway. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How should I sleep after back surgery?

How should I sleep after back surgery?

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 more

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What is microdiscectomy "back surgery"?

What is microdiscectomy "back surgery"?

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

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Could back surgery cause neck problems?

Could back surgery cause neck problems?

Unlikely: The nerves in the low back travel downwards, into the legs, not up towards the neck, so from a neurologic standpoint, back surgery would not affect the neck. However, it would be possible for back surgery to alter your body mechanics and indirectly cause neck problems. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have back surgery when sick?

Is it safe to have back surgery when sick?

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 more

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Is cracking your spine after back surgery fine?

Is cracking your spine after back surgery fine?

No! Once healed!: No-you are simply doing the equivalent of "cracking your knuckles"- it feels good or it just becomes a habit. By "cracking" or mobilizing the small joints of your spine (facet joints) it causes a temporary reflexive relaxation of the surrounding muscles. This is what an osteopath or chiropractor will attempt to achieve with manipulation. You are doing your own! You are not causing any arthritis. ...Read more

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Could I return to gymnastics after back surgery?

Could I return to gymnastics after back surgery?

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 gymnastics. Your surgeon can guide you do not become a couch potato regardless. Do less impact exrcise often. ...Read more

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What is a good exercise routine after back surgery?

What is a good exercise routine after back surgery?

Walk: Walking is a good choice for most people. If that is not possible for whatever reason, other options are cycling (stationary or outside if you are able), swimming, water aerobics. These exercises are good for general fitness, relief stress, and build up stamina. ...Read more

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What are the most common back surgery complications?

What are the most common back surgery complications?

See list: There are many potential complications associated with spine surgery. The most common are as follows: infection, dural tear, epidural hematoma's, damage to the spinal cords and/or spinal nerves, thrombophlebitis, anesthetic complications, hardware breakage, persistent pain. This is not an all inclusive list. You should talk to your spinal surgeon. ...Read more

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Is back surgery recomended for me? I have spondylolisthesis.

Is back surgery recomended for me? I have spondylolisthesis.

Possibly: This depends on how bad your back pain is. If its affecting your function. Also, if you have failed conservative therapy. Please see a spine surgeon. ...Read more

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I have back surgery - what was my procedure called, what to do?

I have back surgery - what was my procedure called, what to do?

Varies: There are literally hundreds of types of surgery performed on the spine. If you are unsure what type of surgery you had done, don't hesitate to ask your surgeon. Another option would be to get your medical records and look at your operative note. ...Read more

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Might have to have back surgery for bulge disk. Dangerous surgery?

Might have to have back surgery for bulge disk. Dangerous surgery?

There are risks: There are significant risks associated with back surgery such as nerve damage, infection, bleeding, need for more surgery. The anesthesia also has risks. Fortunately, the risks for bad things happening are very low. You need to have honest discussion with your surgeon about the risks so that you're ok doing an elective procedure, or not. ...Read more

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How long should one wait to return to gymnastics after back surgery?

How long should one wait to return to gymnastics after back surgery?

Depends: Definitely depends on the type of surgery performed. Some back surgeries have little or no restrictions postoperatively. Many have restrictions on physical activities for 6-8 weeks. You should definitely ask your surgeon. Thanks for the question. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the risks involved with back surgery?

Need expert help here. What are the risks involved with back surgery?

Varies: In general, spinal surgery is safe with relatively low complication rate. Complications can be spine and surgery related or related to anesthesia and perioperative medical complications. Each specific spinal surgery, such as in a thoracic disc herniation which you are describing, has it's own unique risks and benefits and so you should certainly have a good talk with your surgeon. Thank you. ...Read more

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How possible is it for my 80 year old grandpa surviving his back surgery?

How possible is it for my 80 year old grandpa surviving his back surgery?

Advances: In surgical, anesthesia, nursing, being very careful, and the resilience of your grandfather ...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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? Is it bad to start running on a regular basis one year after back surgery?

? Is it bad to start running on a regular basis one year after back surgery?

Depend: Thee are 2 schools of thought. Can you run- yes. Should you run? If you have recovered fully from your surgery and has reconditioned to a high level, yes you may run. Since running is a high impact endeavor, you should seek to run on soft surfaces avoiding cement surfaces. You should select good fitting shoes & maintain them. Begin slowly mixing walking with running, alternating. Use ice after. ...Read more

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I have ascvd. Would I survive back surgery? One local dr says yes, another says no.

I have ascvd. Would I survive back surgery? One local dr says yes, another says no.

The future: Neither of those local doctors has a crystal ball! Neither one can tell the future. You obviously have surgical risk. Optimal pre-op management, and excellent anesthesiologist & surgeon help minimize risk. Risk vs. Benefit. If your life is horrible without the surgery and your cardiologist, anesthesiologist, & surgeon think the risk is reasonable, well then...
Life is full of taking chances. Luck! ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a person who underwent a back surgery still work out at the gym?

Yes: I suggest nothing but walking for 6-12 weeks then no running or free weights. Strengthen the core. No bending, lifting or twisting. Machines, bicycles and the elliptical are best. ...Read more

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