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Doctor insights on: How Do I Cope After A Chiari Decompression Surgery With Spinalbifida

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How do I cope after a chiari decompression surgery with spinalbifida.?

How do I cope after a chiari decompression surgery with spinalbifida.?

Depends: This really depends on the specific problems you are experiencing, but if you discuss with a physiatrist ( a rehab specialist physician) or neurologist with experience in neuologic rehab you may get some useful information, would consider if you can get a referal to this kind of spcialist. ...Read more

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Decompression (surgery), a procedure used to treat spinal stenosis (in spinal decompression), carotid artery stenosis or any condition where a ...Read more


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For how long does chiari decompression surgery take?

For how long does chiari decompression surgery take?

Few hours: It depends on on the skill or experience of the surgeon, the exact nature of the procedure, and what is encountered during surgery. In my experience, the surgery takes about two hours from making the incision to closing the skin. If you are at a university hospital, where residency training is being performed, the surgery may take longer. ...Read more

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Does chiari 1malformation with decompression surgery ever go away?

Does chiari 1malformation with decompression surgery ever go away?

Yes.: Yes, the crowding and pointing of the cerebellar tonsils at the base of the skull can resolve and some people can fully recover and stay recovered for years. Outcome tudies on a large number of people followed for many years are lacking. Our published outcome study in 112 of our patients showed that 84% had a significant improvement in their quality of life when assessed one year after surgery. ...Read more

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Had chiari decompression surgery in july. Was diagnosed with a pseudomenigocele. Will this likely resolve on its own?

Had chiari decompression surgery in july. Was diagnosed with a pseudomenigocele. Will this likely resolve on its own?

hopefully: As long as a small pseudomeningocele stays contained within the wound and without significant low pressure headaches, continued observation is reasonable. Many small CSF collections will resolve spontaneusly. ...Read more

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What are risks for decompression surgery for chiari? Does chiari shorten your life span?

What are risks for decompression surgery for chiari? Does chiari shorten your life span?

Severe hydrocephalus: or Cerebrospinal Fluid build-up in the brain can occur with any Type of Chiari Malformation & can be fatal if untreated. I referred your question to neurosurgeons on HT, but they need to know the Type & the reason decompression surgery has been proposed. Ask your insurance for a 2nd opinion if you're uncomfortable, as this surgery is proposed because of concerns about your function & safety. ...Read more

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I have had a history of frozen.Shoulder after a decompression chiari surgery. It still boths me after 2 1/2 years. I have rom now but very painful?

Time for consult: If you have not already done so, i would suggest a consultation with an orthopaedic surgeon and a MRI of your shoulder. The length of your symptoms suggests a persistent shoulder problem that needs to be evaluated fully. ...Read more

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I had surgery for chiari malformation 1 decompression 1 yr ago. The headaches and other symptions haven't gone away. Will they? Why not? Does chiari ?

Return to neurosurg: Persistent headaches after acm-1 decompression could be due to a postop complication such as a dural leak of spinal fluid.Neurosurgeon has to decide whether a myelogram is needed. ...Read more

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I thought when you had surgery for chiari 1 malformation decompression surgery that the headaches would go away but they are worse than ever and pain meds don't work you have to go lie down. What's up with this?

I thought when you had surgery for chiari 1 malformation decompression surgery that the headaches would go away but they are worse than ever and pain meds don't work you have to go lie down. What's up with this?

Lowpressure syndrome: Surgery for chiari 1 involves either or both resection of lowest part of cerebellum (causing the actual brainstem compression) or removal of lowest part of occipital bone and lamina of c1 & sometimes c2. This may result in sagging of brain into surgical defect causing the equivalent of spinal tap headache--ie low pressure in head due to too much decompression. Another surgery might be needed. ...Read more

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