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Arnold chiari malformation, what constitutes a botched surgery?

Arnold chiari malformation, what constitutes a botched surgery?

Chiari surgery: Surgery for a chari malformation is rather straight forward - a "botched" surgery is rare, in some rare cases further surgery might be indicated if the symptoms are not resolved - this assumes there were no complications during the procedure. ...Read more

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Chiari Malformation (Definition)

A congenital condition where the connection between the brain and the ...Read more


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Anyone operated on arnold chiari malformation?

Anyone operated on arnold chiari malformation?

Many times: Chiari type two is arnold chiari. It is associated with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, syrinx, and apnea. Aggressive surgical management is often necessary at birth and during early infancy. The anomaly can not be cured. Release of pressure is the only treatment. ...Read more

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Does chiari 1malformation with decompression surgery ever go away?

Does chiari 1malformation with decompression surgery ever go away?

Yes.: Yes, the crowding and pointing of the cerebellar tonsils at the base of the skull can resolve and some people can fully recover and stay recovered for years. Outcome tudies on a large number of people followed for many years are lacking. Our published outcome study in 112 of our patients showed that 84% had a significant improvement in their quality of life when assessed one year after surgery. ...Read more

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What should I expect going into a posterior fossa decompression surgery for chiari 1 malformation? Recovery time? Restrictions?

What should I expect going into a posterior fossa decompression surgery for chiari 1 malformation? Recovery time? Restrictions?

Chiari: Most surgery for chiari malformation is a decompressive operation. Surgery takes 3-4 hours. Hospital stay is usually 1 day in ICU and 1-2 days general care. I would recommend lifting less than 10 pounds for the first 2 weeks and less than 25 pounds after that. You will be asked to not bend your head lower than your waist. Recovery occurs in 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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After a successful chiari malformation surgery, can the cerebellum tonsils re slip?

After a successful chiari malformation surgery, can the cerebellum tonsils re slip?

Chairi malformation: Yes. Scar tissue can compress the cerebellar tonsils and lead to recurrent symptoms. However this is uncommon and more likely is that you have arthritis in your neck that is mimicking the symptoms of a Chiari malformation. A complete neurological examination and an MRI of the cervical spine will provide some answers for you. ...Read more

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I have chiari malformation. Decompressed 2012, CSF leak surgery 2012, vp shunt 2013. Carpal tunnel result of chiari? Only small relief after surgeries

I have chiari malformation. Decompressed 2012, CSF leak surgery 2012, vp shunt 2013. Carpal tunnel result of chiari? Only small relief after surgeries

No relationship: Compression of the median nerve at the carpal tunnel has no relationship to the chiari malformation. Patients with chiari i malformation may have syringomyelia, which can cause neck and arm symptoms. However, carpal tunnel syndrome is very specific to the nerve at the wrist. Your neurosurgeon can help distinguish between the two conditions, and explain why you still have symptoms. ...Read more

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Would a cervical laminectomy fix my chiari malformation?

Would a cervical laminectomy fix my chiari malformation?

No: Chiari is congenital and cannot be "fixed" in the true sense of the term. An upper cervical laminectomy and suboccipital craniectomy may relieve some of the symptoms. ...Read more

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Recovery from laparoscopic ventral rectopexy surgery?

Recovery from laparoscopic ventral rectopexy surgery?

What: What about it? You mean recovery time form ventral hernia repair. About a week to two depending on size. ...Read more

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What are septoplasty surgery complications?

What are  septoplasty surgery complications?

Safe: Safe procedure. See ENT doc for this procedure who will discuss procedure and risks. Risks include bleeding, infection, septal perforation, scarring, loss of nasal support, no improvement i symptoms. ...Read more

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Can open repair surgery be done on bilateral popliteal aneurysm in 1 surgery? medial approach

Can open repair surgery be done on bilateral popliteal aneurysm in 1 surgery? medial approach

Popliteal aneurysms: Bilateral popliteal aneurysm repairs can be done at the same sitting but I prefer staged procedures as it is easier on the patient and the surgeon. Get one leg fixed, make sure it's ok then get the other fixed. Alternatively placement of popliteal stents is a viable option that I prefer to popliteal bypass and aneurysm exclusion. Bypass option is still available if it becomes necessary. ...Read more

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Should brain aneurysm patient have laparoscopic surgery?

Should brain aneurysm patient have laparoscopic surgery?

Depends: While it may be safe, if this is an elective procedure, i would check with your neurologist or neurosurgeon as to precautions that might be prudent. If the blood pressure is controlled, there should be minimal risk. ...Read more

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What is posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation surgery?

A type of spine : Surgery where implants which are usually several screws that attach to the bones of the spine and are then interconnected over one or more levels with usually a pair of metal rods -this is the instrumentation. A fusion is a healing together of two or more spine bones or vertebra with the use of bone material or synthetic substitutes. ...Read more

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What type of orthopedic surgeon can perform spinal surgery for a C7 foramenal stenosis radiculopathy?

What type of orthopedic surgeon can perform spinal surgery for a C7 foramenal stenosis radiculopathy?

Yes: I agree with dr. Poelstra - make sure the surgeon has additional spine surgery training, and does many spine surgery procedures. The same would be recommended for a neurosurgeon doing spine surgery. ...Read more

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What is the success rate od an operation to fix a Arnold chiari malformation?

What is the success rate od an operation to fix a Arnold chiari malformation?

Pretty good: The most common procedure to treat Chiari malformations is to decompress the brainstem & spinal cord by removing parts of skull/upper vertebrae. It is extremely difficult to compare outcomes as all patient situations are so different, but one study showed that 84% report significant quality of life improvement after a year. About 10% report "getting worse." Pretty good odds. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are risks for decompression surgery for chiari? Does chiari shorten your life span?

What are risks for decompression surgery for chiari? Does chiari shorten your life span?

Severe hydrocephalus: or Cerebrospinal Fluid build-up in the brain can occur with any Type of Chiari Malformation & can be fatal if untreated. I referred your question to neurosurgeons on HT, but they need to know the Type & the reason decompression surgery has been proposed. Ask your insurance for a 2nd opinion if you're uncomfortable, as this surgery is proposed because of concerns about your function & safety. ...Read more

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What spinal fusion surgery?

What spinal fusion surgery?

Joining bone togethe: A spinal fusion is a procedure used to join two spinal motion units together. It is designed to stop all motion of the motion segment. It may be performed with or without the usages of screws and rods. It is performed for spinal instability . It is like welding 2 pieces of metal together. ...Read more

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Can chiari malformations come back after surgery?

Can chiari malformations come back after surgery?

Symptoms not Chiari: The chiari type 1 malformation involves a descent of a structure called the cerebellar tonsil below a bony edge called the foramen magnum, large hole. These tonsils generally are not removed with chiari surgery but more space is made around them with removal of the overlying bone. There are different ways to patch this area to minimize scarring. New headaches after surgery need evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the success rate of cranial fusion surgery on an adult chiari patient?

What is the success rate of cranial fusion surgery on an adult chiari patient?

Why surgery?: Chiari is a congenital finding of low position of the cerebellar tonsils. This is usually incidental and not clinically significant. It can be seen on MRI done for headaches, but is not the cause of headaches. Surgery should be avoided unless there is definite indication. Common time for problems is during rapid growth before puberty - not as adult. ...Read more

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What is decompressive surgery for spine?

What is decompressive surgery for spine?

This means that the : Contents of the spine's canal (nerve tissue) is being pinched and needs to be freed by removing whatever may be compressing it which could be. A disc herniation, tumor, arthritic changes, blood clot or the canal was just too small to begin with. The most common way to do this is by removing a portion of the "roof" of the spine or lamina & is called a laminectomy. There are other approaches too. ...Read more

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