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Can You Tell Me What Is The Recovery Time From Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant
Approx. 6 weeks: Any surgery results in skin and muscle being incised to get to whatever target is being treated. The human body takes about 6 weeks to repair and regenerate these tissues back to about as full strength as they will be. The actual surgery for a SCS implant involves a small incision near the spine to insert the needle to thread the leads and anchor them, and a separate incision for the generator. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can you tell me if the spinal cord was completely severed below the neck, how would the body systems work?
Won't work: there is no movement. it's like cutting an electrical cable. only it can't be reconnected. "cable is dead". There are other systems like the heart and gut that work through cranial nerves and thus are relatively unaffected. This is quite intricate however and these systems are partially affected via other feedback mechanisms (or lack thereof) of the peripheral nervous system. ...Read more
Interbody Fusion: Removal of the interbody disc and replacement with a bone graft. This allows bony healing across the interspace between vertebral bodies. Often a fusion is augmented with metal hardware-screws or plates, to maximize the chance of fusion. Length of recovery is determined by site of fusion -cervical, thoracic, or lumbar, number of levels fused, as well as techniques used. Typical is 3-12 months. ...Read more
It will vary: The healing time for a spinal fusion will vary greatly depending on your medical health, age, smoking history, weight, spinal pathology and surgical procedure. The acute healing time will be any where from 3 weeks to 4 months. The end result will not be apparent until 6mo - 1 year. Hope that helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Plantar fasciitis: Is variable with recovery but it is the norm to resolve within 2-3 weeks without treatment and faster with treatment. ...Read more
Treatment for pain: Spinal cord stimulation (scs) involves an implanted electrode (in the neck for arm symptoms, thoracic area for leg and back symptoms) connected to a pulse generator, all under the skin. While how it works is not completely understood, patients describe a tingling sensation where they felt pain. A trial placement of the electrode is necessary to see if patients will experience adequate pain relief. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spinal cord injury: No. Spine surgery is performed to decompress and stabilize the spine. Spinal cord injury medicine is used to reduce inflammation. Physiatrists or rehabilitation physicians who specialize in spinal cord injury focus on rehabilitation to restore function. Therapy begins after surgery to speed and enhance recovery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid cobra: I would recommend avoiding the cobra stretch hyperextension is rarely comfortable in degenerative post fusion spine remember stiffness is part of fusion plan a stiff balanced spine that protects nerves was the goal i usually trcommend pilates and swimming use pain as guide replace running with elliptical or swimming. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please tell me what can happen to the brain if one has a rather large intramedullary spinal cord tumor?
Should be separate: The brain and the intramedullary spinal cord tumor should be separate entities, unless the tumor is very high in the cervical spine at the base of the skull. In this case, the tumor can invade the brainstem and lead to brainstem symptoms like apnea, trouble swallowing, double vision, coma and death. ...Read more
Ask the Corp: The company who provide the device and certify the physicians are the best people to ask. They will have to answer to you if they are incorrect and they have specific experience with this procedure. Hope it goes well. ...Read more
Neurogenic Bowel: Depends on the level of injury. Injury above the sacral segments causes: upper motor neuron bowel. This can lead to prolonged transit times in the colon, and severe constipation with accidents and incomplete emptying.Injury at/below this level ex.Conus or cauda equina injury can cause loss of rectal tone and frequent accidents. A bowel routine directed by a sci doc or nurse can help manage this. ...Read more
Best thing: to do is ask the doctor performing the surgery, it depends. ...Read more
Varies: There are numerous types of spinal surgery performed on the neck. Probably the most common is known as an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. In this surgery, an about 3 cm incision is made on the front of the neck. The disc is removed and often replaced with a plug or cage. In the right candidate, it can be very successful. I would discuss the specifics of your case with your surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spinal cord injury: Is an injury to the actual cord of portions of neurons that extend from the base of your brain down the spinal canal and send the nerves to the rest of your body from the brain. The actual injury can be numerous mechanisms, from anything from trauma to infection to infarct, severing communication of some degree from your brain to the levels below the injury. ...Read more
Contains the nerves: Which go to your muscles of your body and also to the sensory receptors in your body. You have a complex nervous system which has sympathetic, parasympathetic and yoru sensation and motor control. These neurons and axons are in the spinal cord and control your body. It transmits the electrical impulses which control yoru bodies functions and muscles. ...Read more
Depends on severity: It depends on the severity of your injury and how diligently you do the prescribed back exercises to help your body recover, can range from 8 weeks to several months or even longer if you do not follow through with the exercises as discussed with your doctor. I would definitely consult your physician for an exam and specific guidance for your recovery. Physical therapy can also be very helpful. ...Read more
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