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What is a back surgery like?

What is a back surgery like?

What kind?: Spine surgery can range from outpatient, minimally invasive surgery done with the patient under a local anesthesia to complex, multi staged reconstructive spine surgery requiring close monitoring intraoperatively and post operatively with placement into a rehabilitation facility after leaving the hospital for several weeks or longer. ...Read more

Back Surgery (Definition)

Any surg that enters the muscles & beyond. Usually means involving work on the bone structurs disks r considered back surgery. They include a multitude of procedures. 2 ...Read more


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What does back surgery involve?

What does back surgery involve?

Varies: Most of the time it is done under general anesthesia (put to sleep with drugs), cleansing the skin, making an incision, moving tissues gently out of the way to get to the problem area. Depending on the problem, abnormal tissue may be removed or a fusion (making part of the spine stiff but stable). Sometimes implants of various kinds are used. The size of the surgery varies tremendously. ...Read more

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What are common types of back surgery?

Back surgery: Common types include microdiskectomy (disk herniation removal), laminectomy (remove bone spur pressure by unroofing spine), these are usually outpatient. Lumbar fusion can be done by different techniques (transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, posterior lif), extreme lateral interbody fusion (xlif) is often done for revision or deformity surgery. Most fusions use rods, screws, cages, bone graft. ...Read more

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How painful is back surgery typically?

How painful is back surgery typically?

Depends on type &: This can be as simple as a needle stick type procedure to endoscopic or other minimally invasive techniques which can be done under conscious sedation to microdisectomy lumbar or cervical under general anesthesia but home the same day to anterior cervical disectomy & fusion done same day too. You go home on pain pills .Orher surgeries can be more extensive requiring 1-7 night stay in hospital. ...Read more

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After back surgery can you get shorter?

After back surgery can you get shorter?

Not usually: Depends on the problem and surgery but would expect fusion type surgery to open up disc spaces with interbody device and preserve or increase height compression fractures in verebral bodies can make a person shorter. ...Read more

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How serious is it to have back surgery?

How serious is it to have back surgery?

Serious: All surgeries carry some degree of risk. The "seriousness" of the surgery also depends on what type of surgical procedure is being done, i.E minimally invasive vs a fusion. Talk to your surgeon to ascertain the risks involved and consider a second opinion to see if surgery is the best option. ...Read more

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Is back surgery safer today than before?

Generally very safe: Spine surgery has come a long way in the last 20 years. Most spine problems, fortunately do not require surgery so by all means try conservative, non-surgical options first. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about x-stop back surgery?

Yes: It is a non fusion device used to treat spinal stenosis. Basically, it is implanted between the spinous processes and distracts between them, thereby opening up the nerve canal. I used to do a lot more of them, but a recent paper shows they have a 26 percent reoperation rate. I still think they are a good option for the properly selected patient. ...Read more

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When is back surgery typically recommended?

When is back surgery typically recommended?

Last resort or: When conservative treatments (pt, meds, injections, other) have failed and there is a structural problem causing disabling back and leg symptoms. Severe /progressive leg weakness, numbness and or loss of bowel and bladder control are urgent indicators for surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery (Definition)

An orthopedic surgeon who further specializes in the ...Read more