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I have back surgery - what was my procedure called, what to do?

I have back surgery - what was my procedure called, what to do?

Varies: There are literally hundreds of types of surgery performed on the spine. If you are unsure what type of surgery you had done, don't hesitate to ask your surgeon. Another option would be to get your medical records and look at your operative note. ...Read more

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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 is meant by minimal evasive back surgery for degenerative disc. What is done during this procedure?

What is meant by minimal evasive back surgery for degenerative disc. What is done during this procedure?

Variety : There are a variety of things that can be done depending on the diagnosis. Minimally invasive refers to making smaller incisions, sometimes working with a microscope to accomplish the same thing as that done through a large incision. The advantage is less pain and recovery time. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I'm having a fusion done in my back, is this a good procedure to have, I have already had to back surgery, & the l2-3 are herniated again.

I'm having a fusion done in my back, is this a good procedure to have, I have already had to back surgery, & the l2-3 are herniated again.

Depends: Herniated discs are common in the area of prior surgery. If you have instability, fusion usually helps. Pain relief is difficult to predict in the second surgery. Your doctor can improve your chances of improvement with making sure you are ready for surgery with optimizing your health, blood sugar, vitamin d, and, of course, no smoking. Good luck. ...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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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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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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What are good alternatives to back surgery?

What are good alternatives to back surgery?

Many: As long as imaging studies don't show disc problems ( along with numbness nor weakness ) then acupuncture, stretching, massage, and heat are some of the alternatives to back surgery. ...Read more

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Roman chair after back surgery, is this okay?

Roman chair after back surgery, is this okay?

That depends on the: Type of surgery you had and what outcome you have as well as your overall physical condition currently . You would need to speak to your surgeon as to specifics but once healed and recovered exercise in terms of cardio, core stabilization and flexibility are recommended. ...Read more

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Why I can't have back surgery when I need it?

Why I can't have back surgery when I need it?

Need to talk: to surgeon, if you need surgery and no contraindications you will receive it ...Read more

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Has anyone here had back surgery? Whats recovery like

Has anyone here had back surgery? Whats recovery like

Not bad: I have never had back surgery but have performed several thousand cases. If you are asking about a laminotomy & discectomy when performed with miss technique the procedure is usually performed in an outpatient setting. There is initial soreness of the muscles controlled with ice packs & oral analgesic meds. Patients with sedentary jobs usually are back to work in 10 to 14 days. ...Read more

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Orthopedic Spine Surgery (Definition)

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