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How Should I Sleep After Discectomy
Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more ...Read more
Feel like throat closes when laying down is it sleep apnea. I've been snoring more too since c3-c4 discectomy w fusion a couple yrs ago?
Need a sleep study: Your description sounds like sleep apnea, but to get a well informed answer, you need to talk to your doctor about a sleep study. The study hopefully will provide the information necessary to determine if it is sleep apnea and what level...Snoring, mild, moderate or severe. There could be other health concerns that may need to be addressed. Don't hesitate. ...Read more
I have back pain worsened by rest comfortable only by sleeping on stomach with pillow under hips. History of Crohn's and discectomy at L4, L5. AS?
Complex situation.: From your description, it is hard to know if your back pain is mechanical in nature or is perhaps related to your Crohn's disease. And yes, ankylosing spondylitis is a potential diagnosis also, although it is more common in men. I feel you should be seen by your doctor. I don't think we can do more than guesss on here without more reliable data. Good luck. ...Read more
Variety of ways: Several ways but standard in the lower back is a microdisectomy through a small posterior incision leading to the roof or lamina of the spine where a small keyhole opening is created through a natural open area & moving the nerve & nerve sac out of the way to access the piece of disc herniated with special instruments to protect the neural elements while removing disc fragments as an outpatient. ...Read more
Partial disc removal: Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more complete discectomy is performed. ...Read more
I'm assuming here that you're having a lumbar microdiskectomy.
You will experience some incisional soreness, low back aching and pain which is easily managed with medication. If you are experiencing leg pain and numbness, the pain should be better quickly afterward. Numbness takes longer. Rest is the key. No excessive activity. Ice pak on the back helps. You should improve quickly. Good luck. ...Read more
Expect problems: Removing the disc in your TMJ is not a good idea and should be avoided if possible. This procedure not only places the joint in a compromised position, but will increase the possibility of arthritis and degenerative changes. I would seek other opinions. You might look up dr. Larry wolford in dallas and get his opinion. I wold not recommend doing this to anyone. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, exercise is important. Just the timing of when to resume exercise and sports as well as physical activities needs to be guided by your surgeon but by 12 weeks, you should be able to return to all activities. ...Read more
May be normal: Back spasm may be occurring as your body heals from surgery, especially if it was within the past several months. If you still have a pinched nerve root, or if you have a new disk herniation, these might also cause pain and spasms. Your best bet is to talk to your surgeon. ...Read more
Depend: Discectomy is performed to eliminate pain arising from a compressed/irritated nerve root. Unfortunately we have no way of knowing the internal damage to the nerve. Therefore numbness and tingling may persist. When there is no internal nerve damage, the patient may awaken with immediate relief of leg pain. ...Read more
Need new ideas: Thirties male 2 years from disk surgery not any better. Disk might have been a "red herring". Up to 30% of people with chronic unilateral low back pain experience pain generation from sacroiliac joints. Find an osteopath who knows how to evaluate via physical examination and fluoroscopic guided diagnostic block of the sacroiliac joint. See boa. Com ; my essays on pain syndrome board at quora. Com. ...Read more
New onset of pain after having a complication free diskectomy surgery 2 years ago. What shouold I be concerned about?
High: If the symptoms of pain, weakness and/or numbness can be matched to the abnormalities on mri, and if everything else has failed, then surgery to remove the offending disc can provide significant (>75%) relief of painful symptoms. There is a small chance of recurrence in the future. ...Read more
Yes: In the proper scenario, a microdiscectomy can be very helpful. Disc herniations can cause pain, numbness and weakness. If the symptoms have not gone away with conservative modalities, such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, epidural injections, then surgery is a good option. The procedure takes out the herniated portion through a small incision. ...Read more
No: It will not.Get a more detailed answer ›
You should be better: Discectomy is used for sciatic type pain if in the lumbar region and arm pain in the cervical region. Those pains should be gone by now...surgical pain over incision may still be sore. Usually the radicular pain takes only a few days to show at least some improvement. Call your surgeon, get his or her opinion. ...Read more
Is it ok to have pain 8 months after a discectomy? What kind of pain and what level is acceptable at this stage?
There is a 5-10% f: Failure rate especially if one is a smoker and if the back pain was more of a component than the leg pain suggesting that a fusion should have been done. In 1-2% of patients, nerve pain can develop related to post op changes. The rate of a recurrent disc herniation is 5%. Some studies suggest when surgery complicated by spinal fluid leak (1%risk) lower success rate as well. ...Read more
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