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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

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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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