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Could A Percutaneous Discectomy Make Your Disk Stronger
Perc discectomy: Indications for this procedure is a symptomatic disc herniation with appropriate nerve pain advantages include sparing the surronding musculature from surgical trauma the disc has already weakened by the disc injury removing thextruded piece won't strenghthen the injured disc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In surgery, percutaneous pertains to any medical procedure where access to inner organs or other tissue is done via needle-puncture of the skin, rather than by using an "open" approach where inner organs or tissue are exposed (typically with the use of a scalpel). The percutaneous approach is commonly used in vascular procedures. This involves a needle catheter getting access ...Read more
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I have spinal stenosis in both my cervical and lumbar spine, bulging discs, nerve abutment. Do you think surgery is a good option for me?
Not based on this : Female age unknown has age-related spine changes noted on MRI. When MRI first invented "bulging" disks thought to be pain generators. Now, surgeons realize these can be red herrings. Some studies indicate only 10% back pain disorders benefitted by surgery. U.S. leads world in unnecessary back operations. Get second opinion. First try aquatherapy, yoga, massage, acupuncture, biofeedback, & etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I request a microdiscectomy as oppose to conservative treatment for a lumbar bulging disc what are the pros and cons?
Microdiscectomy: There are always inherent risks of surgery (infection, nerve damage, spinal fluid leak, anesthesia risks including heart/lung problems, blood clots, stroke, even death). Although rare, all of these can happen with surgery. Herniated/bulging discs have a good chance of resolving without surgery within 6-8 weeks from onset of symptoms with conservative management ...Read more
Yes: A herniated disc is a contraindication to manipulation....You could make it worse. ...Read more
Is an endoscopic percutaneous discectomy to remove herniated np thereby disrupting integrity of disc a good ideafor someone in high impact sports?
What is a pain reliever without codeine that would help with a pinched nerve and herniated disc I3?
Many: Codeine is weak compared to many other narcotics.Many combinations exist from short-acting (4-6 hours): pure morphine, percocet, non-narcotic Ultram, demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) dilaudid, etc. Then there are long-acting narcotics like MScontin and OxyContin.NSAIDs like prescription strength ibuprofen & naproxen may also be good choices.Talk with your dr.Personally, I use glucose in a caudal epidural injection. ...Read more
Why is a neurosurgeon referring me to a neurologist after an emg for herniated lumbar disc and DDD?
Perhaps the EMG does: not match the area of the disk, or it could have been normal & a 2nd opinion is needed. ...Read more
When would a spinal block not be acceptable for a csection? What back problems would make a spinal block not the best choice?
Few: There are actually very few contraindications for using them in a csection. If it is emergent there may not be time, if there is any active infectious process, if the person is on blood thinner, or if the patients vitals are unstable are the main contraindications. The frequency of their use really involves more patient, anesthesia, and surgeon preference. ...Read more
Had a foraminotomyc6, c7, t1. Dr. Said the disc protusion too hardened to remove.But reroofed to ease pressures.Is a hard disc likely to reherniate?
Hardened Disc: A "hardened" (medically referred to dessicated) disc that has been surgically treated is not likely to herniate again as the reason for the hardening is that the innermost part of the disc has become less compressible and would not likely bulge again. However, post surgery, and with continued "wear-and-tear" other arthritic changes can occur where the bones touch and at ligaments. ...Read more
“what is 3mm anterolisthesis of C4/C5 and which is better a ACDF or a Cervical Total Disc Arthoplasty? I need to bend pretty far forward for work.
It depends.: 3 mm anterolisthesis of C4/5 means that the C4 vertebrae is 3 mm anteriorly positioned to C5 vertebrae which can be a normal variant or could mean instability. If you need to preserve motion in your neck, then the disc arthroplasty is the better surgery. However, you must be sure that the disc space is a good candidate for disc replacement. If there is anterolisthesis, I would recommend ACDF. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doc wants to remove disk and do fusion, herniated disk L5 s1. What is recovery time and what is there a high chance of pain relief?
Depends on procedure: There r many ways 2 fuse: anterior, posterior, or both. The 1 2 best advise u is ur surgeon. If u have doubts get an answer 2 which procedure is proposed ; why. If still not satisfied getting a second opinion is in order, but get all the details 1st. ...Read more
Discomfort with LP : Depends on lots of things ( mostly technique I have found ) Often patients ask if it will hurt as I am finishing the procedure !! ( they felt absolutely no pain at all ) ...Read more
I have two herniated cervical discs pinching a nerve. Can chiropractic adjustments help or will they make them worse?
May help may make. .: ...it worse. Even if better, DC does not unherniate it. Follow a spine surgeon's rec's. ...Read more
Is there a downside to having a disc removed, such as in the instance of a completely herniated disc? Can a herniated disc heal through phys. Therapy?
Going to ER for back injury. Will X-ray show herniated disk? MRIs not done in local ER, unsure if muscle or disk is problem.
Not X-rays MRI rec'd: MRIs for the lumbar spine are not usually urgent, thus it would be a good idea for you to see your primary care MD or a spine specialist who can order this. In young people usually back pain is a muscle issue as the discs are only likely to be bulging. The typical treatment is Physical therapy for core strengthening and muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatories as needed for symptomatic relief. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the pain: Back pain can be caused by many sources: muscles, nerves, discs, joints etc. In the back. If your particular pain is caused by nerve compression as might be seen on an mri, a laminectomy procedure to remove the pressure can greatly relive pain. An epidural injection often helps predict how well a laminectomy might work. Fusion is preferred when there is instability or seve joint or disc problems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more ...Read more
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