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Can neurosurgeons perform spinal fusion surgery (arthrodesis) on lower back areas?

Can neurosurgeons perform spinal fusion surgery (arthrodesis) on lower back areas?

Sure: Depends on training look for a team or a fellowship trained spinal surgeon neuro or ortho1 year of additional spine training. ...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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Have groin hip and back pain 2 weeks after lumbar revision surgery?

Have groin hip and back pain 2 weeks after lumbar revision surgery?

Not surprising: It's common for other structures to take on more stress after nearby surgery. ...Read more

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Pain from spine surgery years after 3 failed back surgeries. I also have spinal stenosis, spinal fusions, fibromyalgia, severe scar tissue, bad hip?

Pain from spine surgery years after 3 failed back surgeries. I also have spinal stenosis, spinal fusions, fibromyalgia, severe scar tissue, bad hip?

Stimulator may help: If you're still having pain after your 3 failed spine surgeries you could benefit from a spinal cord stimulator. I have seen many people helped tremendously by this implantable device. Find someone reputable and they may be able to help. ...Read more

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Low back pain after hip replacement neurosurgeon?

Low back pain after hip replacement neurosurgeon?

Unusual: It is unusual to have new onset low back pain after hip replacement surgery. I would first discuss this with the surgeon that replaced your hip. ...Read more

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Short leg cause scoliosis, sciatica, stenosis, disc bulge. Lift on now, still hurts. Surgeon says too young for fusion surgery that chiro wants?Im 32.

Short leg cause scoliosis, sciatica, stenosis, disc bulge. Lift on now, still hurts. Surgeon says too young for fusion surgery that chiro wants?Im 32.

Scoliosis: The indications for scoliosis surgery are based on the degree of the deformity and not the age of the patient. When the curve is greater than 40 degrees or progressive in nature then surgery is recommended. Consider a second opinion with a surgeon who specializes in spinal deformities. ...Read more

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Numbness and tingling anterior lower left leg 9 months after spinal stenosis surgery?

Numbness and tingling anterior lower left leg 9 months after spinal stenosis surgery?

Is this a recurrence: Are these new symptoms or a recurrence from symptoms you had prior to surgery? Although we always hope for the most long lasting and optimal results following back surgery the reality is spinal canal stenosis is a chronic and progressive disease. Repeat surgeries are risky so be wary especially if the 1st surgery didn't "hold" after such a short period of time. ...Read more

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Doctor recommended back exercises after spinal fusion surgery and rod removal?

Doctor recommended back exercises after spinal fusion surgery and rod removal?

Activity after fused: Given that rods were removed, i must assume that the fusion is solid. Therefore, there are really no restrictions for you in a solidly fused lumbar spine. Core exercises like pilates/piyo/yoga are great (your flexibility will be limited, obviously). Aerobic exercises as tolerated and continue to progress as tolerated. ...Read more

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Ruptured disk --alternatives to back surgery?

Ruptured disk --alternatives to back surgery?

Many options: Signs & symptoms are important to consider. Any signs of neurological compromise may warrant surgery.If pain is the main/only symptom then many options exist depending on location of pain; directional preference-based therapy, nsaids, oral steroids, neuromodulating medications, epidural injections (many types possible), or spinal cord stimulator. Talk to your local pain/spine doc about manyoptions. ...Read more

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Tight skin around ankle sides 4mths post surgery, screws/ plate 1 side, screws 1 side. PT daily restrictive dueto knee proced torn meniscus, arthritis?

Tight skin around ankle sides 4mths post surgery, screws/ plate 1 side, screws 1 side. PT daily restrictive dueto knee proced torn meniscus, arthritis?

Follow up: You certainly have a lot going on with having had an ankle fracture that needed surgery and also a torn meniscus. I would sure follow up with your surgeon closely and follow his instructions. ...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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Pain after back surgery l5/s2 microdisectomy. Is this normal?

Pain after back surgery l5/s2 microdisectomy. Is this normal?

Not really: Not enough info for detailed answer: how long after? Many potential causes incl. scarring, other disc injury, QL spasm, SI inflammation or ligament injury, acute SI or lumbar vertebral dysfunction, etc.I recommend exam by a dr. skilled in hands-on osteopathic diagnosis & manipulation - someone who can truly differentiate cause can give you the best answer ...Read more

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Has anyone done a posterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery?

Has anyone done a posterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery?

Sure: This is a very good operation for the right patient. It provides both decompression and stabilization and has good results for the great majority of patients. ...Read more

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Thign pain after spine fused?

Thigh pain: After fusion can be multifactorial. It can be due to nerve irritation along the front of the thigh, nerve irritation after decompression, hip flexor stretch, etc. Most often this settles down in a few weeks but you should bring it up with your surgeon to have them evaluate you. ...Read more

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Intractible sciatic pain degenerative disc disease surgery or no surgery?

Surgery if severe: Sciatica is caused by degenerative discs or joints impinging upon the nerves within the spine. If best medical management is not successful, consultation with a surgeon is recommended. Surgical decompression, allows the nerves to heal and for the severe leg pain of sciatica to be relieved. Each case must be carefully evaluated to make the best recommendation. ...Read more

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2 herniated discs, l4-s1, annular tears, osteoarthritis, leg pain& numbness, sharp shooting pain down leg into foot. Questions for back surgeon?

2 herniated discs, l4-s1, annular tears, osteoarthritis, leg pain& numbness, sharp shooting pain down leg into foot. Questions for back surgeon?

Answer: If the pain, weakness and or numbness cannot be controlled with pain medication, stretching exercises, and other nonoperative management, i recommend you see a spine specialist for further recommendations. Severe pain, bowel/bladder incontinence, sudden change in sensation/motor function may require emergent evaluation. ...Read more

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Marihuana use effect on back surgery disk fusion?

Marihuana  use  effect on  back surgery disk fusion?

As above: I do not advise u to use it at all , it can cause symptoms similar to schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Orthopedic Spine Surgery (Definition)

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