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Doctor insights on: Is There Anything That Can Be Done To Correct A Curving Spine Besides Surgery

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Is there anything that can be done to correct a curving spine besides surgery?

Is there anything that can be done to correct a curving spine besides surgery?

It depends . . .: If in a teen or younger and the curve is not bad, a brace can help keep it from getting worse and possibly help. In adults, mild curves will typically not progress. In older adults, a degenerative curve may slowly get worse as the deterioration progresses. Physical therapy, pain medications, chiropractic and traction are first line treatments. If they don't help, surgery might be next. ...Read more

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Which surgery should I have done 1st and why? Surgery in spine to replace disk at l5-s1(bone on bone now) or surgery to correct cystocele & rectocele.

Which surgery should I have done 1st and why? Surgery in spine to replace disk at l5-s1(bone on bone now) or surgery to correct cystocele & rectocele.

Depends: Neither is an emergency, so which you have done really depends on which one bothers you more. I don't believe either surgery will affect the other procedure in any negative way, but you should discuss with both your spine and general surgeon. ...Read more

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A spine surgery was done because of foot drop in my right leg.Some weakness in left leg too. Symptoms are still prevailing. Any exercises to correct

A spine surgery was done because of foot drop in my  right leg.Some weakness in left leg too. Symptoms are still prevailing. Any exercises to correct

Potentially: You should definitely check with your surgeon. There are sometimes that a foot drop may just may need more time, sometimes exercises are indicated, and sometimes even a repeat MRI is indicated. Also, foot drop does not always resolve with surgery. Your surgeon will know about your case. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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What is spine surgery to correct lumbar lordosis?

Swayback: There is a normal amount of lordosis in the lumbar spine, which is approximately 55 degrees. When you have a lordosis significantly more than this, it is called hyperlordosis, which is a way to say "swayback". A spinal surgery to correct this would be known as a spinal reconstruction surgery because it is an attempt to reconstruct the normal alignment of the spine. Thanks. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is surgery on the spine in your neck done?

Can you tell me how is surgery on the spine in your neck done?

Varies: There are numerous types of spinal surgery performed on the neck. Probably the most common is known as an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. In this surgery, an about 3 cm incision is made on the front of the neck. The disc is removed and often replaced with a plug or cage. In the right candidate, it can be very successful. I would discuss the specifics of your case with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Could laser surgery for scoliosis correct the spine curve?

Could laser surgery for scoliosis correct the spine curve?

No: Laser surgery has some great benefits for specific populations, but it will not change scoliosis. It might be able to ease some pain if you are having it, but will not correct the curvature. ...Read more

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Serious spine surgery, either slow healing or failed, knees need surgery, told back won't improve until knees are done, true?

Serious spine surgery, either slow healing or failed, knees need surgery, told back won't improve until knees are done, true?

Knee replacement ?: Sorry to hear of your back surgery problems... If you need total knee replacement surgery than often times 'fixing ' your knees and gait abnormalities can improve back and hip pain.See your orthopedic surgeon to discuss options. Good Luck! ...Read more

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Bone density test showed I had osteopenia couple of years age. Since test I've had spine surgery with instrumentation. Can I get another test done?

Bone density test showed I had osteopenia couple of years age. Since test I've had spine surgery with instrumentation. Can I get another test done?

Yes: Depends on level of instrumentation on whether your spine will be able to be tested and compared to previous. Hips will still be able to be tested in order to risk stratify you. ...Read more

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Overflow incontinence from sacral spine injury. Is it possible to have surgery done to keep urethra open permanently. No other options is this posibl?

Overflow incontinence from sacral spine injury. Is it possible to have surgery done to keep urethra open permanently. No other options is this posibl?

Overflow incontinenc: Before doing a procedure to improve your quality of life, your bladder function needs to be studied to insure there is nothing going on that will negatively impact your kidney function. Then, based on the result, things can definitely be done to help you such as starting intermittent catheterization. Good luck! ...Read more

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