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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

Decompression (Definition)

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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What can I expect after the operation for a chiari malformation?

What can I expect after the operation for a chiari malformation?

Post op: Some neck pain and stiffness. About 2-3 day hospital stay. Possibly a drain at surgical site for couple days. Comfortable by about 2.5 weeks. Resolution of symptoms. ...Read more

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How do I take care of myself after spinal fusion surgery if I live alone?

How do I take care of myself after spinal fusion surgery if I live alone?

Assistance: When I have patients who live alone and are preparing to have spinal fusion surgery, it is wise to consider the aftercare situation. If there is a poor support system available to be able to go home, options such as in-patient rehab or nursing may need to be arranged (preferably before the surgery). Depending upon the surgery, home care assistance may suffice. ...Read more

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How can I handle a spinal surgery?

How can I handle a spinal surgery?

Do some research : Ask your doctor for risks vs pros. Read up on the internet. Spinal surgery has become more accurate. my relative whos a Dr had spinal surgery and she was fine. The risks entail paralysis. Rehab is necessary for aftercare and time to get back into the normal routine and speed of your life. Ask for support and good luck! ...Read more

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What should I expect going into a posterior fossa decompression surgery for chiari 1 malformation? Recovery time? Restrictions?

What should I expect going into a posterior fossa decompression surgery for chiari 1 malformation? Recovery time? Restrictions?

Chiari: Most surgery for chiari malformation is a decompressive operation. Surgery takes 3-4 hours. Hospital stay is usually 1 day in ICU and 1-2 days general care. I would recommend lifting less than 10 pounds for the first 2 weeks and less than 25 pounds after that. You will be asked to not bend your head lower than your waist. Recovery occurs in 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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How long is rehab after spinal fusion? How long after my spinal fusion surgery can I expect to be in rehab? .

How long is rehab after spinal fusion? How long after my spinal fusion surgery can I expect to be in rehab?

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It varies.: Because every individual recovers at a different rate, it is difficult to give an exact length of rehabilitation time. Generally speaking, most patients can expect a couple of weeks for rehabilitation after a single level spinal fusion surgery. ...Read more

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What should I do to cope with horrific leg pain after a lumbar micro diskectomy?

What should I do to cope with horrific leg pain after a lumbar micro diskectomy?

See your surgeon: Let your surgeon know what is going on. They would be in the best position to provide advice and determine if a new imaging study such as a MRI of the lumbar spine with and without contrast to rule out a recurrent disc herniation is warranted. ...Read more

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What will happen to me if I don't have surgery for a chiari malformation?

What will happen to me if I don't have surgery for a chiari malformation?

Hydrocephalus: Fluid will build up in the ventricular system of the brain with a resultant increase in pressure inside the brain/skull. ...Read more

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Can I do skydive after spinal operation?

Can I do skydive after spinal operation?

Depends: Fly a big canopy and use reasonable skill, and the most severe impact you're likely to sustain is like jumping off the flatbed of a truck. It's your decision. ...Read more

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How soon following a lumbar fusion do guidelines tell you that you may begin interventional pain therapy. My last surgery was a salvage procedure.?

Depends: I usually advise my patients with this issue to check with their surgeon. In cases where there has been persistent pain, I have done spinal procedures as early as one month after a spine fusion. I don't believe there are any hard and fast rules to this. ...Read more

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How soon after spinal surgery (discetomy) can I fly?

How soon after spinal surgery (discetomy) can I fly?

One week: I recommend one week before travel after any surgical procedure to ensure you do not develop an infection. ...Read more

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3 years after a subarachnoid haemorrhage (coiled) and a vp shunt for hydrocephalus complications. What can I do to improve memory/cognition?

3 years after a subarachnoid haemorrhage (coiled)  and a vp shunt for hydrocephalus complications. What can I do to improve memory/cognition?

Short term memory : Unfortunately, a majority of patients suffer short term memory problems related to sah. Long term memory usually remains intact. No good solution to problem. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a hemilaminotomy diskectomy (l4-l5) operation?

What to do if I have a hemilaminotomy diskectomy (l4-l5) operation?

Rehabilitation: Best to have some post-op physical therapy, and incorporate exercise and stretching. Fitness goals with maintenance of your strength will protect you from future further damage to your lower back. ...Read more

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How much pain should I expect to be in after getting spinal fusion surgery?

How much pain should I expect to be in after getting spinal fusion surgery?

Varies: Varies on the type of fusion & approach, number of levels, whether you are a smoker, your overall fitness & condition as well as health & you age. The size of your surgical incision plays a role especially if minimally invasive or not & the underlying reason for your surgery in the first place as to it's success rate in relieving pain if that was one of the reasons for the surgery to begin with. ...Read more

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Pregnancy after spinal fusion-i had spinal fusion surgery about a year ago; l4-s1; how does this affect pregnancy and delivery?

Spinal Fusion: If all is well with the fusion, there should be no problems. The pelvis opens for childbirth, not the spine. You may experience some increased back pain, but this is common with pregnancy to begin with. ...Read more

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I have a slipped disk and spinal stenosis. They want me to have surgery. What does this consist of?

I have a slipped disk and spinal stenosis. They want me to have surgery. What does this consist of?

Ask Surgeon.: Always best to run these questions by your operating surgeon. He/she will know exactly what is planned; keep in mind, that different surgeons may do things differently. Also best to be well-informed about the potential risk/complications associated with the planned procedure. Educate yourself about success rates and make sure you have enough help during your recovery period. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long can i go back to my physical training after microdiskectomy procedure considering with/without complications?

How long can i go back to my physical training after microdiskectomy procedure considering with/without complications?

6 weeks: Unfortunately you can never completely escape the possibility of complications, but generally you can resume normal activities 6 weeks after a microdiscectomy. Some surgeons will allow return to normal activity even sooner than that, so you should really discuss this with your own surgeon. ...Read more

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I am having decompression surgery for chiari type I soon. I am curious whether the pain is similar to spinal tap, or bacterial meningitis?

I am having decompression surgery for chiari type I soon. I am curious whether the pain is similar to spinal tap, or bacterial meningitis?

Surgical Pain: Post-operative pain following a suboccipital decompression for chiari is usually due to mobilization of the suboccipital and paraspinal muscles and can be controlled with analgesics such as narcotics, tylenol (acetaminophen) and nsaids. Meningitic pain can occur from chemical irritation. You should discuss these questions with your surgeon to develop a treatment plan before surgery. ...Read more

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What can I expect with a brain surgery?

What can I expect with a brain surgery?

Each is different: Brain surgery is a very broad term in this era of immensely advanced brain surgery. Each brain surgery is its own entity and hence i can give you a better answer if you were to be more specific with regards to your question. Are you set up for brain surgery for a brain biopsy, brain tumor resection, aneurysm clipping, or another cause? ...Read more

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