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Is having esophageal dysmotility common after anterior cervical spine surgery?

Yes: Almost everyone will. Rarely does it pose a serious permanent problem. A few do, so if you are choking or it feels like food is getting stuck, contact your doctor so you can be evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Spine Surgery (Definition)

This is surgery to treat disorders of the spine. It may be a discectomy, laminectomy, or fusion. Fusion surgery usually means using special plates and screws whic typically stay in permanently. Many of these procedures can be performed ...Read more


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Are headaches after undergoing a anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion significant or common?

Are headaches after undergoing a anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion significant or common?

They can be: Headaches are tricky, sometimes they are primarily caused by cervical spine problems, often times they are exacerbated by them, but it is difficult to predict whether surgery will ever help them, except in the case of an obvious c34 disc and radiculopathy with occipital nerve type pain which is mechanical. ...Read more

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If scapular instability is the cause of thoracic outlet syndrome, would rib resection/scalenectomy resolve neck & scapula pain?

If scapular instability is the cause of thoracic outlet syndrome, would rib resection/scalenectomy resolve neck & scapula pain?

More complex: Thoracic outlet syndrome surgery includes, often, first rib resection and/or scalenectomy, but there are different surgical approaches and also, pectoralis minor decompressions. Scapular instability may or may not be present, and this may represent problems in the upper brachial plexus. Since this is so individualized and particular in most cases, best to discuss with experienced vascular surg. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia manifest after cervical spine surgery? Chronic pain 7 mos. After surgery with no known cause or signs on MRI but mild disc bulges.

Can fibromyalgia manifest after cervical spine surgery? Chronic pain 7 mos. After surgery with no known cause or signs on MRI but mild disc bulges.

It can manifest. : At any time. I live in southeastern wisconsin where fibromyalgia is considered to be endemic. I am shocked at the number of cases that i see. I remember practicing in illinois and rarely seeing anyone with this condition and when i practiced in michigan i can count on one hand the number of fibromyalgia patients that i saw. Now i estimate that i see 2-3 such patients per day. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the pros/cons of a 3 level cervical laminectomy w/o fusion vs a keyhole endoscopic decompression for stenosis(disc &spurs compressing nerves?

What are the pros/cons of a 3 level cervical laminectomy w/o fusion vs a keyhole endoscopic decompression for stenosis(disc &spurs compressing nerves?

Complex: It is a little complex to fully discuss in such a forum; but a for amounting would be appropriate if you are just having symptoms of foraminal stenosis causing pain in the arm, where a laminectomy may be needed if you have problems related to central cord compression. Definitely would need to discuss face to face with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the possible risks of NOT having surgery when anterior lumbar interbody fusion with posterior fixation is indicated (ALIF L4,L5,S1,fix L5-S1?

What are the possible risks of NOT having surgery when anterior lumbar interbody fusion with posterior fixation is indicated (ALIF L4,L5,S1,fix L5-S1?

Depends: Have you tried nonsurgical options? Surgery is typically indicated if you're having neurologic dysfunction and/or chronic intractable pain from a serious disc herniation and have failed to improve with conservative options. At your age make sure that you've had a couple of opinions and have tried nonsurgical options including physical therapy, medication, and possibly injections ...Read more

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Idiagnosed with central cervical canal stenosis and far lateral disc protrusion and a disc extrusion indenting cord. How serious is this. Arm pain ?

Idiagnosed with central cervical canal stenosis and far lateral disc protrusion and a disc extrusion indenting cord.  How serious is this. Arm pain ?

Cervical Stenosis: This is serious and something you need to see a neurosurgeon about. Do not do any strenuous activity and be very careful of any falls as these may worsen your condition and cause paralysis. Good luck ...Read more

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MRI result: smooth reversal of cervical lordosis. Minor disc osteophyte bulge is effacing the CSF anterior to the cord C5-C6. Would I require surgery?

MRI result: smooth reversal of cervical lordosis. Minor disc osteophyte bulge is effacing the CSF anterior to the cord C5-C6. Would I require surgery?

No surgery: Straightening of cervical spine can be due to muscle spasm from whiplash, but can also be a normal finding. Osteophytes are the result of spine degeneration and usually do not need surgical correction. Effacement of the CSF anterior to the cervical cord is usually benign and asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Can I prevent recurrence of thoracic outlet syndrome after having decompression surgery?

Possibly: Surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome should be a last resort, and should only be considered for severe compression of the Subclavian artery or vein or when there is loss of muscle(atrophy) and weakness in the hand. Avoid bench pressing weights or pressing weights upward above your shoulders. For detailed information on exercise rehabilitation SEE:http://bit.ly/1rWEGJq also http://bit.ly/1BRx6lO ...Read more

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Could anterior cervical discectomy with fusion be considered a major surgery?

Could anterior cervical discectomy with fusion be considered a major surgery?

Yes!: The surgery is major, though generally well tolerated. The surgery is near the spinal cord and many nerves. It requires moving the esophagus, the muscular tube where food passes to your stomach. The windpipe and voice box are also moved. Any of these can be injured or work less well after surgery (temporarily or permanently). Risk depends on many factors, so talk to your surgeon. ...Read more

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What can I do about muscle spasms after first rib resection surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome?

What can I do about muscle spasms after first rib resection surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome?

Approaches: Feldenkreis physical therapy approaches have proven to be highly successful both pre- and post-op TOS procedures. Medications can provide symptomatic relief, and have found some success with compounded analgesic pain cremes, especially those containing ketamine. ...Read more

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C5/6 and 6/7 cervical anteriorfusion. Is this a major surgery?

C5/6 and 6/7 cervical anteriorfusion. Is this a major surgery?

Yes, with plate ; --: Screw fixation with bone grafting, mostly requiring at least one -2 nights in the hospital. ...Read more

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What is recovery like after surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome?

Piece of cake --: it will be ok -- if your doctor told you you needed the surgery then get it done and you will find relief of symptoms pain and numbness of your upper limb immediately ...Read more

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Paralysis of right diaphragm after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Is this likely to improve on its own?

Paralysis of right diaphragm after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Is this likely to improve on its own?

Probable: usually recovers over 4 weeks if merely involves nerve myelin covering but if axon inside involved, looking at several months. Most of these issues resolve fully over time ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Cervical Spine (Definition)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in ...Read more


Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more