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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

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?

Why and what surgery: First question is, do you need surgery? Seek a second opinnion. Most times back surgery stabilizes the spne but does not necessarily reduce the pain. A reputable pain management specialist can help you in that decision. Do not mask the pain with medications though. Find the root cause and treat with the least invasive treatment possible. ...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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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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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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Has anyone here had back surgery? What's recovery like

Has anyone here had back surgery? What's 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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What is the definition or description of: back surgery?

Any surg sub fascia: 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 many 2 list here! ...Read more

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What can I expect from back surgery? Is it worth the risks?

What can I expect from back surgery? Is it worth the risks?

It depends on many-: -factors. If it a clear cut herniated disk substantiated by MR, physical symptoms & physical examination, the success rate is high 90's. I fit that pic had a micro diskectomy, in my garden on day 3.pain in leg gone. Not 1 bit of trouble for 33 yrs. The more you drift away from the perfect storm, the lower the% of success. I assume you know all possible risks all the way 2 death.

Good Luck! ...Read more

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How should I sleep after back surgery?

How should I sleep after back surgery?

However is: Comfortable generally avoiding sleeping on your stomach for neck or back surgery. Some prefer having a pillow under their knees or a large pillow to use and hold if lying on either side with a relatively flat pillow to support the head keeping it in line with the shoulders. ...Read more

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What is microdiscectomy "back surgery"?

What is microdiscectomy "back surgery"?

MISS: Micro discectomy surgery is simply the removal of the disc using the microscope to illuminate and magnify the operative site. It may used thru a conventional incision or thru minimally invasive techniques tubes as small as 18 mm. When utilized thru a tubular system or other similar retractor system it is called minimally invadive spinal surgery (miss). ...Read more

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Could back surgery cause neck problems?

Could back surgery cause neck problems?

Unlikely: The nerves in the low back travel downwards, into the legs, not up towards the neck, so from a neurologic standpoint, back surgery would not affect the neck. However, it would be possible for back surgery to alter your body mechanics and indirectly cause neck problems. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have back surgery when sick?

Is it safe to have back surgery when sick?

Depends: When spine surgery is elective (not an emergency, such as for paralysis), it is best for a person to be well. If you have a serious infection or medical problem (like angina (chest pain), uncontrolled sugar (diabetes), uncontrolled high blood pressure, recent heart attack, recent heart stent required blood thinners) surgery should wait until those problems are addressed. ...Read more

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Is cracking your spine after back surgery fine?

Is cracking your spine after back surgery fine?

No! Once healed!: No-you are simply doing the equivalent of "cracking your knuckles"- it feels good or it just becomes a habit. By "cracking" or mobilizing the small joints of your spine (facet joints) it causes a temporary reflexive relaxation of the surrounding muscles. This is what an osteopath or chiropractor will attempt to achieve with manipulation. You are doing your own! You are not causing any arthritis. ...Read more

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Could I return to gymnastics after back surgery?

Could I return to gymnastics after back surgery?

What surgery: That is definately a question for your surgeon he/she fixed you up, and only the surgeon knows the right time to wait after surgery. Having said that there are some surgeries after which you should not return to gymnastics. Your surgeon can guide you do not become a couch potato regardless. Do less impact exrcise often. ...Read more

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What is a good exercise routine after back surgery?

What is a good exercise routine after back surgery?

Walk: Walking is a good choice for most people. If that is not possible for whatever reason, other options are cycling (stationary or outside if you are able), swimming, water aerobics. These exercises are good for general fitness, relief stress, and build up stamina. ...Read more

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What are the most common back surgery complications?

What are the most common back surgery complications?

See list: There are many potential complications associated with spine surgery. The most common are as follows: infection, dural tear, epidural hematoma's, damage to the spinal cords and/or spinal nerves, thrombophlebitis, anesthetic complications, hardware breakage, persistent pain. This is not an all inclusive list. You should talk to your spinal surgeon. ...Read more

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Is back surgery recomended for me? I have spondylolisthesis.

Is back surgery recomended for me? I have spondylolisthesis.

Possibly: This depends on how bad your back pain is. If its affecting your function. Also, if you have failed conservative therapy. Please see a spine surgeon. ...Read more

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Might have to have back surgery for bulge disk. Dangerous surgery?

Might have to have back surgery for bulge disk. Dangerous surgery?

There are risks: There are significant risks associated with back surgery such as nerve damage, infection, bleeding, need for more surgery. The anesthesia also has risks. Fortunately, the risks for bad things happening are very low. You need to have honest discussion with your surgeon about the risks so that you're ok doing an elective procedure, or not. ...Read more

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How long should one wait to return to gymnastics after back surgery?

How long should one wait to return to gymnastics after back surgery?

Depends: Definitely depends on the type of surgery performed. Some back surgeries have little or no restrictions postoperatively. Many have restrictions on physical activities for 6-8 weeks. You should definitely ask your surgeon. Thanks for the question. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the risks involved with back surgery?

Need expert help here. What are the risks involved with back surgery?

Varies: In general, spinal surgery is safe with relatively low complication rate. Complications can be spine and surgery related or related to anesthesia and perioperative medical complications. Each specific spinal surgery, such as in a thoracic disc herniation which you are describing, has it's own unique risks and benefits and so you should certainly have a good talk with your surgeon. Thank you. ...Read more

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How possible is it for my 80 year old grandpa surviving his back surgery?

Advances: In surgical, anesthesia, nursing, being very careful, and the resilience of your grandfather ...Read more

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How long do people typically stay in the recovery room after back surgery?

How long do people typically stay in the recovery room after back surgery?

Depends: Most patients require at least an hour in the recovery room, depending on the procedure and type of anesthesia. For more complex and multiple hour surgeries, it common to see longer times for the patients to fully emerge from anesthesia. With significant medical issues, there are patients who may be sent directly to an intensive care unit for recovery and extubation. ...Read more

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? Is it bad to start running on a regular basis one year after back surgery?

? Is it bad to start running on a regular basis one year after back surgery?

Depend: Thee are 2 schools of thought. Can you run- yes. Should you run? If you have recovered fully from your surgery and has reconditioned to a high level, yes you may run. Since running is a high impact endeavor, you should seek to run on soft surfaces avoiding cement surfaces. You should select good fitting shoes & maintain them. Begin slowly mixing walking with running, alternating. Use ice after. ...Read more

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