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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Skydiving ok for people that had back surgery?

That isn't a great: Choice due to potential for injury affecting the spine.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I have back surgery for spondylolisthesis, what to do?

I have back surgery for spondylolisthesis, what to do?

Clarification: Please explain the type of surgery, and what kind of problems you are experiencing.

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