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My hands have blistered and peeled after neck surgery is that ok or do I need to get a hold of my neuro surgeon and go back in sooner?

My hands have blistered and peeled after neck surgery is that ok or do I need to get a hold of my neuro surgeon and go back in sooner?

Unusual: This is unusual and could represent a medical disease, adverse medical reaction to antibiotics or other reaction. It is important to discuss with your care provider. ...Read more

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Neck Surgery (Definition)

Neck surgery entails an operation on any of the tissues of the neck including skin, muscles, blood vessels, esophagus, larynx, trachea, ...Read more


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I am a 47 year old male who has had neck surgery and two back surgeries in the past 7 months. My hand and foot on the right side are very cold. What should I do?

I am a 47 year old male who has had neck surgery and two back surgeries in the past 7 months. My hand and foot on the right side are very cold. What should I do?

There may still be: A lot of your healing process still going on with 3 spine surgeries in 7 months & I do not know extent of your surgeries or underlying diagnoses as well as your general health. However, this is not strictly a neurologic symptom but may be related to a degree with your surgeries especially if you had primarily right sided symptoms preop with nerve changes leading to this sometimes. Ask surgeon. ...Read more

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Have sever pain in my neck and shoulders that rums down my right arm into my hand. Now starting on left side. All after C4 & C5 neck surgery.?

Have sever pain in my neck and shoulders that rums down my right arm into my hand. Now starting on left side. All after C4 & C5 neck surgery.?

Talk to your surgeon: This could be postoperative swelling of the nerve, irritation of the nerve from surgery, or other causes. The best way to know is contact your surgeon. He will best know all the details of your surgery and what you should expect. ...Read more

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Can neck and back problems cause tingling/numbess and pain in hand and fingers? Already had carpal tunnel release surgery.

Can neck and back problems cause tingling/numbess and pain in hand and fingers? Already had carpal tunnel release surgery.

Neck yes: Cervical spine (neck) problems such as disk herniation and spondylosis ('arthritis') can irritate nerves that can cause hand/finger pain, numbness, tingling, weakness. If the carpal tunnel surgery did not relief your symptoms, consider seeing a spinal specialist. ...Read more

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Had nerve entrapment in cervical spine with repair surgery in 2010. Have nerve damage in the medial side of the arm to thumb. I get sporadic spasms in the arm that locks my hand and fingers. Cause?

Had nerve entrapment in cervical spine with repair surgery in 2010. Have nerve damage in the medial side of the arm to thumb. I get sporadic spasms in the arm that locks my hand and fingers. Cause?

As above: What is the question? If u want treatment ask u physician. But. U need to remember some times pain can be chronic and medication r to nake it more tolerable and not to cure it. In addition physical therapy may be helpfull. ...Read more

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If my fingers and hand are getting numb from my neck does that mean surgery?

If my fingers and hand are getting numb from my neck does that mean surgery?

Depends on deficit: Surgical option depends on the cause of numbness and severity of neurological deficit and progression or stable nature of symptoms. ...Read more

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I had neck surgery for herniated disc they put a 2 inch titanium plate to replace disc does the screws come loose and cause pain?

I had neck surgery for herniated disc they put a 2 inch titanium plate to replace disc does the screws come loose and cause pain?

It shouldn't...: But it could theoretically. An x-ray could help to tell. See your doctor, there are lots of simpler reasons for pain. ...Read more

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Would a 3hour neck surgery doing a disectomy and a fusion on c5andc4 be ok when I have a venous angionoma in my brain with no known cause they docs ok?

Would a 3hour neck surgery doing a disectomy and a fusion on c5andc4 be ok when I have a venous angionoma in my brain with no known cause they docs ok?

Probably yes: A venous angioma is an abnormality of blood vessel that one is born with. They rarely bleed, so the presence of one is of no consequence when planning elective surgery. Best to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Would it be safe to have neck surgery if you have a venous anginoma in which doctors don't know cause and won't do anything until it gets acute?

Need more info: The answer to your question requires much more information - what neck surgery is proposed, and where/how big/what type of angioma. Talk with your doctor about your options. ...Read more

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Had neck surgery monday to untrap a nerve and remove and replace c5, 6, 7 disks. Since then been having a lot of major headaches. What could be the cause?

Had neck surgery monday to untrap a nerve and remove and replace c5, 6, 7 disks. Since then been having a lot of major headaches. What could be the cause?

Headaches after sure: The most common is neck muscle spasms and tightness along with post operative changes and inflammation. This is quite normal after neck surgery. ...Read more

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Numbness tingling in index finger since 2012. No relief after carpel tunnel surgery. Mri showed nerve damage in neck. Can anything be done?

Hand surgeon: I recommend getting another opinion from a hand surgeon for diagnosis and treatment. I find it hard to believe that a neck problem would cause such a localized symptom in a distal area like one finger. ...Read more

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Is this nerve damage I had neck sergery this past october, when I got back in my room I had no use for my right arm and hand. Now I can only raise my arm a little from my side, and raise my arm a little streach out in front of me. My hand and fingers is n

Is this nerve damage I had neck sergery this past october, when I got back in my room I had no use for my right arm and hand. Now I can only raise my arm a little from my side, and raise my arm a little streach out in front of me. My hand and fingers is n

Hello.: Hello. It is very important to advise your neurosurgeon about this. It is quite common to have symptoms after surgery as often nerve roots become irritated by being handled. However your surgery was about five months ago. Your symptoms could be impacted by obstructed nerve flow or obstructed blood circulation (as well impeded lymphatic flow). This needs to be evaluated. Take care. ...Read more

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Is this normal or is it nerve damage I had neck sergery this past october. When I got to my room I had no use for my right arm and hand. Now I can raise my arm a little from my side and in front of me. My right hand amd fingers is swollen now my left hand

Is this normal or is it nerve damage I had neck sergery this past october. When I got to my room I had no use for my right arm and hand. Now I can raise my arm a little from my side and in front of me. My right hand amd fingers is swollen now my left hand

Lasting: Lasting numbness and weakness of part or all of a limb is usually caused by damage to the brain or spinal cord, or to a nerve or nerves. A surgeon or physician (doctor) can evaluate new or worse problems and help answer questions about progression or recovery. Limbs that are weak or numb can also become swollen. Sometimes this is because they are not being used, but there are other causes that are more serious. Swelling that is new is a reason to see a doctor quickly. ...Read more

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Pain started in middle finger and is now shooting pain up through elbow, recently had surgery to take out thyroid ant this is the arm that I v was in.

Pain started in middle finger and is now shooting pain up through elbow, recently had surgery to take out thyroid ant this is the arm that I v was in.

This is going to: Take a good neurological assessment to sort out. EMG changes don't show up until at least two weeks after the onset of a problem. NCV abnormality may be apparent right away. Both studies are typically done at the same time. Best of luck with this problem. ...Read more

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Can a bone in neck appearing on MRI require neck surgery.?

Can a bone in neck appearing on MRI require neck surgery.?

Could be: It depend on the bone and what's wrong with it. I see in your profile you mentionned "broken clavicle". If you have a simple fracture, it may be treated conservatively. If the fracture is comminuted, infected or articular, surgery may be the best way to treat. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ENT and head and neck surgery?

What is the definition or description of: ENT and head and neck surgery?

ENT & Head and Neck: Also known as otolaryngology, this medical specialty deals with the diagnosis and (medical & surgical) management of diseases of the ears, nose, mouth, throat, neck, sinuses, voice box and face. Some areas of expertise in otolaryngology include voice and swallowing problems, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, allergy, hearing and balance disorders, nasal and sinus disorders, sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Can I take 3 5/325 norcos? I know this is 650mg of Tylenol (acetaminophen) & to stay under 4g/day. Is it safe otherwise? Just had neck surgery & the 1 pill isn't work

Can I take 3 5/325 norcos? I know this is 650mg of Tylenol (acetaminophen) & to stay under 4g/day. Is it safe otherwise? Just had neck surgery & the 1 pill isn't work

Bad idea: What you need to do is contact the doctor who did the surgery and/or your usual doctor. This needs the attention of the responsible pro and they'll help with the pain management. It's really important. Don't add to your problems by self-treatment. Best! ...Read more

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I had a MRI in october it shows a venous adnormality three neruo docs and a radiologist says normal three neruosurgeon says venous anginoma who is right? Confusing today the least need neck surgery ok

Sounds like: Diversity of opinion regarding a prominent deep vein versus a venous angioma (developmental venous anomaly). As venous angiomas rarely cause problems by themselves, either diagnosis is cause for reassurance. ...Read more

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Would you do neck surgery, if you have a venous anginoma that they don't know what is causing it?

Would you do neck surgery, if you have a venous anginoma that they don't know what is causing it?

Ask neurosurgeon: For such a detailed diagnosis, it's probably best to consult with a neurosurgeon, to specifically answer whether surgery is indicated for your angioma or not. It may depend on the size, location, and how it's impacting your health. Often times, they can be congenital, and can grow. So this has to be documented, and imaged. Then, you'll have a good idea what to do. ...Read more

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Does neck surgery affect your voice?

Does neck surgery affect your voice?

Potentially: It depends in part on the nature of the neck surgery and also whether or not there is a complication. Having surgery on your vocal cords could certainly affect your voice. I am a spinal surgeon and we do some neck surgeries in the front of the neck. In those cases, the recurrent laryngeal nerve and the crycothyroid nerve both affect the voice and can be irritated during surgery. Thank you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about acdf neck surgery?

Can you tell me about acdf neck surgery?

See below: An approach to the diseased disc is made through the front of the neck. The disc is removed and the nerves and spinal cord are freed from impingement at that level. A spacer is placed in the disc space and can be made of a variety of materials. A plate can be applied to potentially increase the rigidity of the system. Over 8-12 weeks bone grows across the spacer resulting in a fused segment. ...Read more

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How likely is it that my neck surgery is messed up after being put in a choke hold?

How likely is it that my neck surgery is messed up after being put in a choke hold?

Anything possible.: Need a follow up x-ray and compare it to the post op x rays to know for sure. It is possible that a choke hold would do damage. Go get an xray at the surgeon's office. ...Read more

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What is spinal stenosis & what is prognosis after neck surgery for it?

What is spinal stenosis & what is prognosis after neck surgery for it?

A narrow spine canal: Spinal stenosis is when the spine's canal is too narrow for nerve tissue, in the neck that is the spinal cord &/or nerves. Symptoms can be none to a pinched nerve to cord compression known as myleopathy. Surgical prognosis depends on severity of the stenosis, number of levels involved as well as type of neurologic issues present & if there are any cord changes by MRI as well as the surgical type. ...Read more

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If my mom is about to have serious neck surgery on spinal discs 7, 8 & 9, are there chances her dying?

If my mom is about to have serious neck surgery on spinal discs 7, 8 & 9, are there chances her dying?

7: To answer your question you need to go back and discuss with your mother the exact level of her cervical problems. There are only '7' cervical vertebrae. There is no # 8 & 9. ...Read more

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Neck surgery on 6/11/14 with plates and screws, throats still numb and choke on food is this normal?

Neck surgery on 6/11/14 with plates and screws, throats still numb and choke on food is this normal?

Possibly: If the surgery was done through the front of your neck, some numbness can result and should get better over time. Difficulty swallowing is less common. See your surgeon. You might need a swallowing study to evaluate. For now, chew carefully and eat soft foods to avoid choking. Aspirating food or liquid can cause pneumonia, so use extra care and don't delay seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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After having neck surgery can I ever play football again I injured it playing football

After having neck surgery can I ever play football again I injured it playing football

It depends: It depends completely upon the nature of the surgery itself. There are multiple players in the national football league that have had neck surgery or even multiple neck surgery. But there are also conditions in the neck that contraindicate any participation in contact sports. Your surgeon would almost certainly be able to tell you. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Can one do zumba and high impact aerobics including tennis after a certain amount of time and when following acdf neck surgery?

Can one do zumba and high impact aerobics including tennis after a certain amount of time and when following acdf neck surgery?

Yes: Once a fusion is quite solid, there are no activity restriction from having an acdf. The most recent, well known example of this is peyton manning, who had an acdf and is still playing football with the denver broncos. Once a motion segment is fused, it is really stronger than any of the other segments in the neck and failure would usually have to occur somewhere else. Thank you. ...Read more

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I have a history of keloids and had neck surgery 2 yo. What are the pros and cons of scar revision?

I have a history of keloids and had neck surgery 2 yo. What are the pros and cons of scar revision?

Risk is a new keloid: Scar revision is very safe. The biggest risk of scar revision is that the keloid will recur. There are precautions your plastic surgeon can take to minimize this risk including closing the skin with minimal tension, treating the new scar with steroids or 5-fu, using silicone sheets or applying pressure. Laser treatments can also help reduce post-operative scarring. ...Read more

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Does anyone recommend Mederma for scars? I just had neck surgery. The incision is healed good and no infection. It's just not looking very good.

Does anyone recommend Mederma for scars? I just had neck surgery. The incision is healed good and no infection. It's just not looking very good.

Scar creams: I am not an advocate of scar creams unless the scar is truly showing signs of hypertrophy. Simple massage with vit e oil is 'good enough' in my book. If you're convinced the cream is needed, I suggest you use it on half of your scar and just moisturizer on the other half and see for yourself if it really makes a difference. ...Read more

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I need more neck surgery & the doctor tolde about a fusion using bone marrow & a spong. Has anyone heard of this and do u have a site I can read on it?

I need more neck surgery & the doctor tolde about a fusion using bone marrow & a spong. Has anyone heard of this and do u have a site I can read on it?

Osteosponge: See the following link which is easy to read, ...the bone marrow stem cells can be injected into a sponge matrix in the spinal area to aide in bone growth and stability.

http://wgntv. Com/2013/10/16/back-pain-a-special-sponge-could-help/ ...Read more

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I have serve stiffness in my nech 4 about 2 days now. Have had neck surgery but this is not the same pain. More intense plus migrains & nausea & fever?

I have serve stiffness in my nech 4 about 2 days now. Have had neck surgery but this is not the same pain. More intense plus migrains & nausea & fever?

Hard to say: There are some conditions, such as a viral infection, that can cause aches and pain in the neck, nausea and fever. There are also serious and even life threatening conditions that can cause similar symptoms such as meningitis. You should probably be checked. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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I had neck surgery in2009 and MRI on back that showed 4 bulging discs could this be what is causing a burning sensation pretty much from neck to my fe?

I had neck surgery in2009 and MRI on back that showed 4 bulging discs could this be what is causing a burning sensation pretty much from neck to my fe?

Possible: Internal scaring after surgery is common, along with disc bulges that may create narrowing around the spine and lead to spinal impingement, I recommend an evaluation by a pain dr, new MRI with a without contrast along with emg/ncs are useful tests to determine the cause of the pain ...Read more

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Type of titanium-used in neck surgery?

Type of titanium-used in neck surgery?

Varies: Titanium is used in many spinal implants used in neck surgery. It is quite inert and unusual to have a reaction to and is also very MRI compatable. In the neck titanium is used to produce many of the plates, screws, and even cages used to fix the cervical spine. Titanium can be used in a relatively pure form or can be used in conjunction with other materials as well, thank you for the question. ...Read more

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I want to know can you die from neck surgery?

I want to know can you die from neck surgery?

What kind of surgery: There are many kinds of neck surgery. Death from "major" cervical spine surgery is rare, <<<1% in young to 1% in the elderly. Death from complication of the actual surgery is rare & more likely to be from a cardiac complication, stroke, blood clot, pneumonia, anesthesia, & allergic reaction. Your surgeon works with a good eri-operative team to keep risk of serious complications close to nil. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from neck surgery?

How long does it take to recover from neck surgery?

Depends what surgery: Most of the common neck surgery require very brief time to recover, will go home same day or next day some like radical neck resection, laryngectomy (removal of voice box) will take wks even months as they require extensive post op rehabilitation, like voice training stomal care etc ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: neck surgery?

What is the definition or description of: neck surgery?

Neck structures: Neck surgery entails an operation on any of the tissues of the neck including skin, muscles, blood vessels, esophagus, larynx, trachea, thyroid, parathyroid, and bone/vertebrae. ...Read more