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Doctor insights on: Is Surgery Required For Disk Bulges

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Surgery, shots, any advice on what to do for bulging disks?

Surgery, shots, any advice on what to do for bulging disks?

Personal consult: An in-person evaluation would be needed to provide you with information about what treatment option is best for you. ...Read more

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My mum has 2 bulging disks and can't have surgery. Is there another way?

My mum has 2 bulging disks and can't have surgery. Is there another way?

Physical therapy: Okay to ask your doc why she was not a surgery candidate. Okay to ask for physical therapy, it can be helpful. Be well and good luck. ...Read more

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Might have to have back surgery for bulge disk. Dangerous surgery?

Might have to have back surgery for bulge disk. Dangerous surgery?

There are risks: There are significant risks associated with back surgery such as nerve damage, infection, bleeding, need for more surgery. The anesthesia also has risks. Fortunately, the risks for bad things happening are very low. You need to have honest discussion with your surgeon about the risks so that you're ok doing an elective procedure, or not. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a herniated bulging disk to heal on its own without surgery?

Is it possible for a herniated bulging disk to heal on its own without surgery?

Herniated disk: Most herniated discs heal on their own. Initial rest, physical therapy and anti inflammation medication all work to speed up the healing time. Surgery is reserved for discs that don't respond to the above interventions with continued uncontrollable pain or motor deficit. ...Read more

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How much does it usually cost for back surgery to for bulging or herniated disk?

How much does it usually cost for back surgery to for bulging or herniated disk?

Back surgery: The cost for back surgery is typically higher in the hospital than in an outpatient surgical center. The cost for fusion surgery such as artificial disc replacement or intervertebral body fusion is much higher than a simple discectomy. If you are a cash paid patient, you should expect the global cost for 1 level lumbar spine surgery is between $20k to $30k. ...Read more

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How do I relieve pain from a bulging disk in my neck without surgery?

How do I relieve pain from a bulging disk in my neck without surgery?

Physical therapy: Try physical therapy. It has been shown to be 95% effective in relieving pain from herniated disks in the cervical spine. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm wondering if you can have arachnoidits from a bulging disk or is it caused from having back surgery?

Back surgery: Arachnoiditis does not usually occur from a bulging disk it can occur from back surgery, particularly if there have been multiple back surgeries ...Read more

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My bf had back surgery because he had a bulging disk (5l) that herniated. We are ttc. Suggestions?

My bf had back surgery because he had a bulging disk (5l) that herniated. We are ttc. Suggestions?

TTC BACK SURGERY: If I understand ttc means trying to conceive, if that's is correct, than back surgery is not going to interfere with you getting pregnant, because of his condition, as long as he can have sex.If ttc foryou mean something else, still have agood time and write back again
good luck. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disk with annular tear at L1 and S5. surgery is not an option and I did consider epidural shots not sure on that. In so much pain.

I have a bulging disk with annular tear at L1 and S5. surgery is not an option and I did consider epidural shots not sure on that. In so much pain.

Don't give up: Focus on physical therapy and a progressive stretching and exercise program. You may be a candidate for a McKenzie exercise protocol. Avoid convalescence and rest, as this can make things worse, instead, get active. ...Read more

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I have osteoarthritis and bone spurs in my cervical spine and bulging discs in c-3 through c-6. Will this require surgery to fix?

I have osteoarthritis and bone spurs in my cervical spine and bulging discs in c-3 through c-6. Will this require surgery to fix?

Depends: The finding you listed are very common. Mris are very sensitive and pick up many abnormalities. Just remember that we treat patients, not mris. The main question is symptoms. The main indication for surgery on the neck is weakness or neurologic deficit. Pain is not the best indication for surgery and this may lead to dissatisfaction with the surgical outcomes. ...Read more

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I feel I need some type of surgery to correct bulgings lumbar disks pressing on nerve bundle. One doc said just lose weight. I was 30lbs+ at onset.?

I feel I need some type of surgery to correct bulgings lumbar disks pressing on nerve bundle. One doc said just lose weight. I was 30lbs+ at onset.?

Try non-surgical 1st: Most lumbar disc problems respond well to conservative (non-surgical) approaches. Surgery should be a last resort only when other approaches have failed- while often helpful, surgery does not always work & can have serious complications. But "just lose weight" isn't adequate advice! See http://www. Spine-health. Com/conditions/degenerative-disc-disease/lumbar-degenerative-disc-disease-treatments. ...Read more

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Have friend in 40's; told has bulging disc; told also by 2 doctors would need surgery to correct. Is this true or is there more options?

? pain in legs?: Does your friend have leg pain that can be associated with the spinal level with the disc bulge? If you take 100 40 year olds with no back pain, 30 of them will have bulging discs. If you have leg pain that correlates with the disc bulges, your odds of good surgical result are improved. Recent studies report not much difference between surgery and no surgery 5 years out. ...Read more

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Disc bulge can cure by medicine completely without surgery?

Disc bulge can cure by medicine completely without surgery?

First, a bulging: Disc is a fairly normal finding. Treatment depends on correctly diagnosing the cause of pain. Most are treated non operatively. Lifestyle factors play a role like smoking, being overweight and not exercising regularly. Medication, time, activity modification play a role along with exercise for core strength, cardiovascular and flexibility. Only about 10% of disc problems need surgery. ...Read more

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What is deciding factor for surgery or not with bulging disc?

Symptoms: The main factor would be symptoms - either pain or nerve compression leading to weakness, numbness. Usually after conservative management and epidural injection is symptoms persist, then surgery should be considered. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to heal, after having surgery for two bulging discs?

Depends: Depends completely upon the type of surgery anticipated. Understand, your terminology may be different than your surgeon's. Disc bulge, is not, in and of itself, an indication for surgery. A disc herniation with sciatica is—2-3 months before back to normal. Disk problem requiring fusion—3-6 months before back to normal. Plan on upper end of estimate for 2 levels. ...Read more

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Likelihood of bulging lumbar discs receding without surgery?

Likelihood of bulging lumbar discs receding without surgery?

Yes: 35 yo female queries permanency of "bulging lumbar disks". In past years were thought to be pathological, but more recent considerations are normal variants. I have seen remit from one MRI to the next. ...Read more

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I had a anterior vertebretomy on c5 and 6 and now have a 2mm bulge on c7 causing one of the roots to be trapped should I consider surgery PT didn't help I am 57yo?

I had a anterior vertebretomy on c5 and 6 and now have a 2mm bulge on c7 causing one of the roots to be trapped should I consider surgery PT didn't help I am 57yo?

Possibly: Surgery is usually the treatment of last resort. If you can't treat the pain with antinflammory drugs, or PT. Than I would advise you speak to your physician about the inaffectiveness of PT and/or other treatments that you have tried. You and your Physician than need to determine if the pro's and con's of surgery are worth it in the long run. ...Read more

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Hi dear doctors, there is any laser surgery for bulging disc?

Hi dear doctors, there is any laser surgery for bulging disc?

Cost benefits?: There have been no clinical trials of laser surgery versus standard surgery. The more recent reviews of laser disc decompression show limited evidence for use of laser disc decompression. The procedure is associated with very high out of pocket cost, without clear evidence beyond patient testimonials of its extreme effectiveness.

You should speak with non-laser surgeons to get a balanced view. ...Read more

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How safe is laser spinal surgery for a women in her 40's with a bulging and herniated disc?

How safe is laser spinal surgery for a women in her 40's with a bulging and herniated disc?

Cost benefits?: There have been no clinical trials of laser surgery versus standard surgery. The more recent reviews of laser disc decompression show limited evidence for use of laser disc decompression. The procedure is associated with very high out of pocket cost, without clear evidence beyond patient testimonials of its extreme effectiveness.

You should speak with non-laser surgeons to get a balanced view. ...Read more

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How safe are back surgeries for bulging dics. An whick is safer open back surgery or laser?

How safe are back surgeries for bulging dics. An whick is safer open back surgery or laser?

Safe or Effective: Need to clarify what is meant by safe -- risk of complication, recurrence of herniation, etc. ...Read more

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I am suffering for excruciating pain due to a pinched nerve 3 bulge disc in my shoulder a partial tearing in my roatutor do u think I need surgery?

I am suffering for excruciating pain due to a pinched nerve 3 bulge disc in my shoulder a partial tearing in my roatutor do u think I need surgery?

Seek a Surgical Opin: Sounds as though you have done some damage in your cervical spine and shoulder. Only way to find out is to seek a good general surgical opinion and get some imaging done. Only then can it be said you should head for pt, rest or surgery. ...Read more

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If fi have disc disiccation with a mild disc bulge that was effacing the thecal sac anteriorly, is there something I can do or does that mean surgery?

If fi have disc disiccation with a mild disc bulge that was effacing the thecal sac anteriorly, is there something I can do or does that mean surgery?

Complicated: If you do not have any weakness, bowel, or bladder dysfunction you may be able to be treated with manipulation, physical therapy, traction, and steroids (either oral or epidural injections). If you have weakness or signs of neuro compromise surgery may be your best option. ...Read more

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I have a very small recurrent hernia, it is only noticible when I cough, otherwise there's no bulge, should I have another surgery or just wait no pain?

I have a very small recurrent hernia, it is only noticible when I cough, otherwise there's no bulge, should I have another surgery or just wait no pain?

See your surgeon: In general, it is good that there are no symptoms, but also in general, we think recurrent hernias are more likely to become a problem that primary hernias. Further, it may not be a recurrence, and an exam by a surgeon, along with the surgeon;s advice may be the best course of action. ...Read more

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My doctor told me I had a bulging disc in my back. Will I need surgery?

My doctor told me I had a bulging disc in my back. Will I need surgery?

Not for a disc: Bulge as theses are fairly normal findings on an imaging study and are not sources of the pain. So there is no indication to operate on a disc that is only bulging as its only finding or presentation. ...Read more

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How do I treat spinal stenosis and 3 bulging discs without surgery effectively?

How do I treat spinal stenosis and 3 bulging discs without surgery effectively?

/Do nothing: Usually if found by imaging may be an incidental finding if seen for back pain without any stenosis symptoms ie leg pain or numbness/tingling with standing/walking & better sitting or bending over- otherwise you may just have mechanical back pain that will do ok with exercise, weight control, avoiding tobacco and good sleep habits. The same can said for stenosis with +/-meds & epidural shots. ...Read more