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What does it mean to have cervical spine surgery?

What does it mean to have cervical spine surgery?

On the neck: The cervical spine is the neck area. Common cervical spine operations address disk problems, nerve pressure or irritation, spinal cord problems. Other problems are tumors, infections, broken bones. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
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Spine Surgery (Definition)

This is surgery to treat disorders of the spine. It may be a discectomy, laminectomy, or fusion. Fusion surgery usually means using special plates and screws whic typically stay in permanently. Many of these procedures can be performed ...Read more


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Arterior cervical spine surgery at china?

Arterior cervical spine surgery at china?

Done in China: Medical vacations are when persons seek care outside there country usually to save on costs. China has several centers that offer excellent care. ...Read more

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What can I expect in a cervical spine surgery?

What can I expect in a cervical spine surgery?

Depends: This depends on a variety of factors including your age and health as well as other medical issues and habits such as being a smoker. It also depends on the specific reason for the surgery and what rype of surgery (decompression, fusion or both) and the extent of the surgery as well as what approach or approaches used. Is it a first time surgery or a revision surgery or an adjacent level one. ...Read more

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Tips when recovering from cervical spine surgery?

Tips when recovering from cervical spine surgery?

Others: Keep an eye on your wound.
Stop smoking.
Follow your surgeon's recommendations on activity and/or bracing.
Stay globally healthy--good nutrition, good diabetic control, etc. ...Read more

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What kind of pain medication is prescribed for cervical spine surgery?

What kind of pain medication is prescribed for cervical spine surgery?

Cervical spine: Really any kind depends on the surgeon and the level of pain. Most surgeons try to avoid nsaids. ...Read more

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Can you advise me on the difference between two cervical spine surgery options?

Yes: I would be happy to, but you would need to be more specific. Options generally involve going through the front verses the back of the neck, and whether a decompression alone or a fusion, or a disc replacement is done. Each option has its advantages in certain situations, as well as it's disadvantages. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what kind of pain medication is prescribed after cervical spine surgery?

Can you tell me what kind of pain medication is prescribed after cervical spine surgery?

Depends on the: Surgery. If it is a minimally invasive fusion, you may only need Percocet or something along those lines. If it is something more invasive, such as an open anterior approach with a discectomy, you may need patient controlled analgesia which often consists of IV morphine or something along those lines. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Are there orthopedists that specialize in cervical endoscopic spine surgery for stenosis?

An Orthopaedic Spine: Surgeons that is well trained could perform an endoscopic posterior cervical endoscopic surgical procedure to decompress your cervical spine. But you have to make sure you are not focused more on the secondary goal than on the primary goal (properly addressing your pathology and resolving your symptoms). Some pathologies may not be best treated with endoscopy, so beware, and listen to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is having esophageal dysmotility common after anterior cervical spine surgery?

Yes: Almost everyone will. Rarely does it pose a serious permanent problem. A few do, so if you are choking or it feels like food is getting stuck, contact your doctor so you can be evaluated. ...Read more

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Stroke in occipital lobe following cervical spine surgery?

Stroke in occipital lobe following cervical spine surgery?

Vertebral Artery: This can be a consequence of injury to the vertebral artery. This can be from direct manipulation, positioning or spontaneous. Further diagnostic workup can include angiography. ...Read more

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I had cervical spine surgery 6weeks ago and have had a resting heart rate of 87 for a month (prior was 67). Should I be concerned?

I had cervical spine surgery 6weeks ago and have had a resting heart rate of 87 for a month (prior was 67). Should I be concerned?

Yes: Your spinal surgery should not have impacted your heart rate unless you are still in pain or taking a medication which leads to the heart rate increase. Contact your family doctor to get checked. ...Read more

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What can cause my husband's left leg numbness after cervical spine surgery and lumbar spinal injections?

Leg numbness: The location of numbness is important to document and also the type of cervical surgery. If he had posterior surgery, the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve can be compressed due to the prone position and numbness can occur along the lateral thigh.

Nerve injury is a potential for any spinal injection but extremely rare. ...Read more

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I had cervical spine surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago. I have pain, swelling, redness and itching behind my left ear. Could theybe related?

See your surgeon: Not sure if you had an anterior or posterior approach, but this sounds like it would be away from most cervical spine incisions. This might have been the site of one of the skull pins to hold your neck stable, a traction pin, one of the monitoring leads often used during spine surgery, or a staple in the drape. Check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Does cervical spine or lumbar spine surgery have the best prognosis and ease of surgery? Is artificial disc replacement or fusion  surgery best for treating cervical spondylosis?

Many variations: Anterior or posterior, discectomy, decompression, or fusion. All affect recovery rates. For fusions, anterior cervical tends to be an easier recovery than lumbar. Cervical adr is quite comparable to fusion for short and mid-term outcomes. Longer term studies may show better long-term results than fusion, but we currently don't have enough data. ...Read more

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Better n effective ways to manage back & neck pain. Please advice. I am 60 yrs & have undergone spine surgery before 5 yrs?

Better n effective ways to manage back & neck pain. Please advice. I am 60 yrs & have undergone spine surgery before 5 yrs?

See below: Unfortunately there is no "one size fits all" approach that I can give you here. My advice would be to see a physiatrist specializing in spine problems to help you figure out a program that works for you. ...Read more

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I'm scheduled for cervical spine surgery, pressure on my spine and herniated disks, the issue goes back 2 years, can I wait another year?

I'm scheduled for cervical spine surgery, pressure on my spine and herniated disks, the issue goes back 2 years, can I wait another year?

It depends: It depends on your symptoms. If you have not tried a course of physical therapy, I would recommend this before having surgery. If you are having symptoms of neurological compromise, such as numbness or weakness in your arms / hands, then you should probably proceed with the surgery. If you are having a lot of pain, you should probably proceed with the surgery. You should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia manifest after cervical spine surgery? Chronic pain 7 mos. After surgery with no known cause or signs on MRI but mild disc bulges.

Can fibromyalgia manifest after cervical spine surgery? Chronic pain 7 mos. After surgery with no known cause or signs on MRI but mild disc bulges.

It can manifest.: At any time. I live in southeastern wisconsin where fibromyalgia is considered to be endemic. I am shocked at the number of cases that I see. I remember practicing in illinois and rarely seeing anyone with this condition and when I practiced in michigan I can count on one hand the number of fibromyalgia patients that I saw. Now I estimate that I see 2-3 such patients per day. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can invasive spine surgery with lots of neck and arm pain and stress on body bring on symptoms of MS or lupus? Can is allow a disease to manifest?

Can invasive spine surgery with lots of neck and arm pain and stress on body bring on symptoms of MS or lupus? Can is allow a disease to manifest?

VERY DIFFERENT: Both ms and lupus are immune mediated inflammatory disorders, and your neck issues most likely due to degenerative or traumatic etiologies. None of these are related to each other, and in fact, your symptoms may indeed be due to post-operative complications such as scarring. An expert neurologist can readily sort out and categorize your issues, and may be worthwhile to have a consultation. ...Read more

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Got spine surgery done & got a post op infection. Had leg head neck pain debridement done, still has leg pain, reduced hearing no more neck/head pain?

Got spine surgery done & got a post op infection. Had leg head neck pain debridement done, still has leg pain, reduced hearing no more neck/head pain?

Leg pain post-op: A spine surgery causes scar tissue within the spinal canal. Especially if there is an infection, this scar tissue can be more proliferative. It then encases nerve roots, which get tethered by this scar tissue and causes pain along the nerve root. In some cases the scar can even compress the nerve root not unlike the original cause- a herniated disc! A spinal cord stimulator is best for long term. ...Read more

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What is the difference between different cervical spine surgeries, can you help me?

I apologize: But there are so many, its difficult to answer in this shortened forum. There really are, from different pathologies to different approaches, and even different styles. There is a site, www. Spine-health. Com that can be of some benefit in walking you through some of the more common ones. I wish I could be more helpful, but I hope the site provides some info you are looking for. ...Read more

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Who makes a good candidate for spine surgery?

Failed Conservative: The majority of patients with spine pain improve spontaneously given time and/or conservative treatment with exercise, weight loss, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, pain management, and/or yoga. Only a small minor minority of patients end up needing surgery. ...Read more

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What preparation can you do before a spine surgery?

Ask your Surgeon: For guidance. Depends on the exact type of surgery. But you will want to stay away from blood thinners, nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Minimize use of narcotic medication to bare minimum. If you smoke, stop smoking. ...Read more

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How can I keep from having problems with my spine after spine surgery?

How can I keep from having problems with my spine after spine surgery?

Follow instructions: The postoperative protocols vary tremendously based upon the nature of spinal surgery performed. You would certainly make sure you know, understand and follow your surgeons instructions following surgery. Some patients start to feel better after their surgery and then do things they should not, this can cause complications and so compliance is important. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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How will I know if I'm a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery?

How will I know if I'm a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery?

Depends: Minimally invasive spine surgery aims to achieve the same goals as standard surgery, just with less tissue damage. A lot depends on the actual problem and the experience of the surgeon. There is definitely a learning curve and the initial results show more complications with minimally invasive surgery. A good compromise might be "less" invasive but still maximally effective surgery. ...Read more

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What does contralateral mean in reference to spine surgery?

What does contralateral mean in reference to spine surgery?

The opposite side: Usually when the symptoms are on the opposite side of a disc herniation. ...Read more

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What's the failure rate for spine surgery for disc herniation?

What's the failure rate for spine surgery for disc herniation?

Pain: If by failure you mean what is the chance you will still have pain -50%. If the disc is causing loss of sensation or strength then the chances are somewhat better of aiding it. Back surgery for pain has abysmal results. Wt loss, strengthening your abs without laying on your back and glucosamine have at least as good of results if not better. ...Read more

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What arrangements do I need to make before laser spine surgery?

What arrangements do I need to make before laser spine surgery?

Several: Make sure you understand your diagnosis and procedure. A lot of "laser" procedures are heavily marketed but don't have much evidence to show any benefit of the laser. Consider a second opinion prior to the procedure by another spine specialist. Ensure that you have tried non-operative treatment without success.

The arrangements otherwise are similar to those prior to any other surgery. ...Read more

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I am having spine surgery procedure tomorrow; I have a cold; what do I do?

Do not have it: Back surgery is mainly optional. You should see your pcp for evaluation & medical clearance. For elective surgery you should in best of health! ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Cervical Spine (Definition)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in ...Read more


Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more