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Can spinal lumbar stenosis or herniation symptoms greatly improve with weight loss?

Can spinal lumbar stenosis or herniation symptoms greatly improve with weight loss?

One type of stenosis: If your stenosis is from epidural lipomatosis wieght loss will help it wont cure the disc but it. Will put less stress on your failing back that plus core strengthening may result in symptom improvement. ...Read more

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Weight Loss Surgery (Definition)

Surgical procedures for obesity may be appropriate for some dangerously obese people, and they may reduce heart problems and many of the risks associated with obesity. These risks include high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and diabetes. In fact, surgery provides much greater control of weight and diabetes than nonsurgical weight-loss methods. Studies are reporting significant reductions in diabetes, and the need for diabetic medications, after surgery. Other medical conditions that often improve after surgery include heartburn, arthritis, and other joint and circulation problems. The care of patients undergoing bariatric surgery, before and after surgery, requires specialized expertise and facilities. Studies have shown that the likelihood of complications is significantly associated with the experience of the surgeon and staff. Bariatric surgeries produce weight loss through one of two approaches: * Restrictive Banding Procedures. These procedures restrict the amount of food by closing off parts of the stomach with bands. * Malabsorptive Bypass Procedures. This approach restricts the amount of food and also reduces absorption by using a bypass of parts of the intestine. The malabsorptive procedures are more successful in achieving weight loss than the banding approach, but they carry a greater ...Read more


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Have 8 hern. discs, spinal facet arth., deg. disc dis., and more. Losing weight and core strengthening. Would a lumb/sac belt ever be an good option?

Have 8 hern. discs, spinal facet arth., deg. disc dis., and more.  Losing weight and core strengthening. Would a lumb/sac belt ever be an good option?

It may help with : your symptoms in conjunction with a well executed exercise program combining: flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning and core strengthening. You may want to start this program under the guidance of your physician and a physical therapist and transition to a home program. ...Read more

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Have grade 3 ddd and bulging discs. Does Bikram yoga really help improve disc height and health or will it worsen bulges?

Have grade 3 ddd and bulging discs. Does Bikram yoga really help improve disc height and health or will it worsen bulges?

It may help you feel: Better if back pain by increasing flexibility and core strength - it will not affect the status of any of the discs directly. The disc degeneration has multiple etiologies including genetic and lifestyle issues such as being obese and smoking as well as a prior history of back injury or surgery. It will not worsen you in any case. ...Read more

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What can be done for 60yo with intolerable pain associated with worsening scoliosis, herniated discs, osteoporosis beyond nsaids, pt, water exercises?

What can be done for 60yo with intolerable pain associated with worsening scoliosis, herniated discs, osteoporosis beyond nsaids, pt, water exercises?

Tried a pain doctor?: I am guessing you have, but if not one may be able to help. A back surgeon, neurosurgeon or orthopedic, may also have something to offer. ...Read more

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Will gabapentin-neurontin help my pain with multilevel disc degeneration?

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Will gabapentin-neurontin help my pain with multilevel disc degeneration?

No: Neurontin/gabapentin is a nerve stabilizing medication that can be helpful for nerve pain. Pain from multilevel disk degeneration originates from the joints, bone, and possibly the muscles, but typically not the nerves. ...Read more

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I have unbearable pain due to disc problems, spinal stenosis, spurs, bulging discs, little help from meds. Would tummy tuck help decrease pain?

I have unbearable pain due to disc problems, spinal stenosis, spurs, bulging discs, little help from meds. Would tummy tuck help decrease pain?

Nope.: Tummy tucks (witch hazel) are not performed to relive pain. The tummy tuck is a cosmetic operation used to smooth the belly. It removes excess skin, lower abdominal fat and tightens to abdominal muscles. It does not treat the spine or any of the symptoms you describe. ...Read more

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Does herniated disc cause protective scoliosis and difficulty walking in the pediatric population? Can injections or surgery improve mobility?

Does herniated disc cause protective scoliosis and difficulty walking in the pediatric population? Can injections or surgery improve mobility?

Confusing question: You don't get herniated disks in kids. They are unheard of before adult muscle mass is present along with some ageing. I kid can have a mild degree of "splinting" scoliosis if they have any pain in their side for any reason.They tend to lean toward the pain. Improvement depends on finding the source of the pain which could be as simple as a muscle pull or as bad as appendicitis. ...Read more

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Can weight loss improve a hiatal hernia?

Can weight loss improve a hiatal hernia?

Hiatal hernia: Yes. Theoretically weight loss decreases intraabdominal fat and reduces pressure and reflux symptoms and may modify the hiatal hernia. Improvement in muscle tone in the abdomen is also a factor. ...Read more

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What is the maximum weight that I can lift/carry with a L4/L5 disc bulge and L5/S1 disc herniation with an annular tear?

What is the maximum weight that I can lift/carry with a L4/L5 disc bulge and L5/S1 disc herniation with an annular tear?

Impossible to say: You should ask the doctors who are treating you back issues, not someone who has never examined you or seen your MRI. ...Read more

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Does exercise help a bulging lumbar disc?

Back strengthening: As one who has a bulging disc (and no surgery), back strengthening exercises are very important to help stabilize the back. I recommend the "superman" exercise: lying on your stomach, stretch your arms out like you're flying through the air like superman. For 5 seconds, raise your right arm and shoulder, and left leg and hip off the floor, then repeat on the other side. Do this 12x on each side. ...Read more

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Can a gastric sleeve directly help with herniated disks / pinched nerve and knee problems (meniscus)?

Can a gastric sleeve directly help with herniated disks / pinched nerve and knee problems (meniscus)?

Not directly: No, it will not help directly, but if with diet and exercise it allows you to lose weight, so of the symptoms associated with those other conditions may improve or even go away. Excess weight aggravates many conditions, including the ones you mention. ...Read more

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C5/6/7 Reduced disc height, mild stenosis, bulge, osteophytes. Doc said disc replacement no help in neck pain coz of discs condition. Do fusion. True?

Arthritis Arthritis: Is the most likely cause of your pain. Do not let your desperation cause you to have unnecessary surgery. Find a pain management specialist who treats injured joints in the cervical area. ...Read more

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DDD Spondy l5-S1 severe stenosis herniated discs + abdominal injury any advice on how to correct posture & improve Severe hunching?

DDD Spondy l5-S1 severe stenosis herniated discs + abdominal injury any advice on how to correct posture & improve Severe hunching?

How about PT: Well, I know you're in pain with all that you've said..you haven't specified the nature of the abdominal injury so I don't know whether or not you are bedbound right now or able to get up and move about? Is there a plan to surgerize the back with everything there? I wouldn't necessarily unless it's your only option. But as far as posture goes, PT is usually pretty good with helping with that. ...Read more

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Does abdominoplasty help with lower back pain due to herniated disc?

Does abdominoplasty help with lower back pain due to herniated disc?

Probably not: Abdominoplasty has been shown to help some individuals with spreading or separation of their anterior abdominal muscles, called rectus diastasis. By suturing these back in the midline during an abdominoplasty, tension is taken off of the back musculature, alleviating chronic lower back pain. However, a herniated disc should be treated by a spine surgeon. ...Read more

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I have herniated disc l5-s1, getting epidural steroid injections. Will it help with weakness and numbness or does it only help pain?

I have herniated disc l5-s1, getting epidural steroid injections. Will it help with weakness and numbness or does it only help pain?

Hard to say: once inflammation is removed, then if your weakness and numbness improve it will help. typically though weakness suggests significant compression on the nerve and that may take time to return. Numbness also in my experience is the last thing to improve from nerve injuries or compression. ...Read more

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Would losing weight help rid of lumbar lordosis?

Would losing weight help rid of lumbar lordosis?

Lumbar lordosis: Not necessarily. Your spine may be set in that position because it has been like that for years. In that case, losing weight may not correct it. It is possible, but probably not likely. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises to lose 30 lbs in 8 weeks with 2 herniated disks and 5 bulging disks through out your spine.

What are the best exercises to lose 30 lbs in 8 weeks with 2 herniated disks and 5 bulging disks through out your spine.

Water: Well, you would definitely want to avoid aggravating your spine by doing "too much" exercise. Water exercises take much of the stress off the back and could potentially be better tolerated. Ultimately weight loss us based upon calorie intake verse calories burned, so limiting your intake of calories would certainly be helpful. You might consider getting the help of a trainer. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how much weight loss surgery costs?

Does anyone know how much weight loss surgery costs?

Different types: It varies quite a bit depending on what type of operation-- the options range from a adjustable gastric band to a laparoscopic gastric bypass, to a sleeve gastrectomy operation. It depends on who does the operation, how much post-op care is included in the price, and how much is covered by your insurance. ...Read more

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What insurance companies will cover weight loss surgery?

What insurance companies will cover weight loss surgery?

Most: Every policy is different. Some policies cover and some exclude it. Check with a local benefits person at your job. ...Read more

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Is it common to be cold all the time after weight loss surgery?

Is it common to be cold all the time after weight loss surgery?

Sometimes: A lot of patients will say they feel cold all the time for a number of reasons that my colleagues just talked about. Get used to dressing in layers. ...Read more

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What exactly is the right amount of exercise after weight loss surgery?

What exactly is the right amount of exercise after weight loss surgery?

Start slow & buildup: An early milestone may simply be walking to the mailbox, walking a quarter of a mile, walking for five minutes or walking for 15 minutes. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for weight loss surgery on teenagers/children under 18?

What do you recommend for weight loss surgery on teenagers/children under 18?

I don't: Children under 18 do not need surgery , need guidance health education besides the school . Right diet , not eating junk food on the couch but regular exercises , their metabolism is like a furnace will burn ant thing and loose weight in no time. ...Read more

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Could a 16 year old get weight loss surgery?

Could a 16 year old get weight loss surgery?

N a 16 year old get : Can a 16 year old get weight loss surgery? 16-year-old boy can get weight-loss surgery provided certain criteria are met. He will have had to try a formalized weight-loss program including diet and exercise that can be monitored by a physician. Most importantly there must be a cause or reason for the surgery. A weight loss of hundred pounds or more must be needed. The patient must suffer from hyp. ...Read more

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Are there long-term effects of weight loss surgery?

Are there  long-term effects of weight loss surgery?

Yes: Depending on the type of weight loss operation you have, the answers to this question are different. Gastric bypass, the most common operation, raises the risk for protein, vitamin b12, calcium, iron, and zinc deficiencies. Supplementation of all of these is critical for success in good health after weight loss surgery. I hope this helps. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can having weight loss surgery make my migraines get any worse ?

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Can having weight loss surgery  make my migraines get any worse ?

Weight loss surgery: Migraines can be the result of a variety of environmental, hormonal, and dietary factors. Some medications may be helpful in controlling the symptoms. Some patients have improvement in their headaches with weight loss. But, some patients may experience worsening of their headaches related to low blood sugar or dehydration. This could be compounded if there is any medication malabsorption. ...Read more

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How would I go about getting financial help for weight-loss surgery?

How would I go about getting financial help for weight-loss surgery?

WLSFA can help: Weight loss surgery foundation of america can sometimes help with some of the costs o bariatric surgery. Other options include payment plans just like buying a car. Can also use pre-tax income through most employers. Can also be healthare tax deduction on taxes. These are some of the things to look into. Can also look for employers that cover the procedure. ...Read more

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What negative/positive side effects of weight-loss surgery are there?

What negative/positive side effects of weight-loss surgery are there?

Lifestyle: Be prepared to change how you eat for life -- how much, how frequently, and what you can tolerate. Gastric bypass surgery, besides changing how much you can eat, also changes absorption in your gut (because you are bypassing a portion of your GI tract). The positives are seen beyond weight loss - the decrease in risk of hypertension, diabetes, and sleep apnea may be life saving for many people! ...Read more

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Is medical tourism safe? I am looking for affordable weight loss surgery abroad?

Is medical tourism safe? I am looking for affordable weight loss surgery abroad?

Buyer Beware!: I would have serious concerns about leaving the country to receive health care, especially if it is solely for financial reasons. In general, you get what you pay for; furthermore, there is nothing more expensive than a complication of surgery. Have you exhausted all options with your insurance carrier? ...Read more

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Can weight watchers has different plans for folks who have had weight loss surgery?

Weight watchers: No, they do not have specific meal plans for specific weight loss operations. However, you can use weight watchers as a way to control your eating habits after weight loss surgery. Just be aware that if you have the time, you can prepare food at home for yourself that is even healthier than weight watchers. ...Read more

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Is lap band weight loss surgery safe?

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Is lap band weight loss surgery safe?

Yes it is: Please keep in mind that in addition to the laparoscopic band, the sleeve gastrectomy represents a good alternative option. They have been doing the band in europe since 1992 and by early 2000's many bands were being removed due to long term complications. Please so your homework and discuss the sleeve with your surgeon, it doesn't mean it is the best option for you but at least learn about it. ...Read more

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What's the youngest age they can perform bariatric (weight loss) surgery?

Weight loss: Age is not the issue. It is your weight, your medical history, your meds, etc. It is only after the baratric surgeon has done a thorough job can he/she decide if you are a candidate or not. Then you must decide yes or no. ...Read more

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What questions do I need to ask my doctor about weight loss surgery?

What questions do I need to ask my doctor about weight loss surgery?

Best Dr. to....: Speak to is a surgeon who performs the procedure. Ask them at what weight do they recommend the surgery and after what modalities you can try to lose. Certainly, every surgeon is going to want you to go on a weight loss diet and exercise regimen first. Referrals to heart, lung and psychiatry, and often a sleep study may be preformed first before surgery is considered. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be losing hair after weight loss surgery?

Telogen effluvium: Yes, it's probably related to telogen effluvium, which is temporary hair loss of varying degree that tends to occur after a stressful event. Common triggers include weight loss and surgery, among others. ...Read more

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Can I have weight loss surgery if I have an umbilical hernia?

Can I have weight loss surgery if I have an umbilical hernia?

Yes: An umbilical hernia is not a reason to not have weight loss surgery - the hernia can usually be fixed at the time if weight loss surgery as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more