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What is the recovery for lapendectomy back surgery?

What is the recovery for lapendectomy back surgery?

"Laminectomy? ": Most of my patients have recovered from a simple laminectomy by about 6 weeks. A fusion typically doubles this time. Read more

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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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What is a back surgery like?

What is a back surgery like?

What kind?: Spine surgery can range from outpatient, minimally invasive surgery done with the patient under a local anesthesia to complex, multi staged reconstructive spine surgery requiring close monitoring intraoperatively and post operatively with placement into a rehabilitation facility after leaving the hospital for several weeks or longer. Read more

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What does back surgery involve?

What does back surgery involve?

Varies: Most of the time it is done under general anesthesia (put to sleep with drugs), cleansing the skin, making an incision, moving tissues gently out of the way to get to the problem area. Depending on the problem, abnormal tissue may be removed or a fusion (making part of the spine stiff but stable). Sometimes implants of various kinds are used. The size of the surgery varies tremendously. Read more

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What are common types of back surgery?

Back surgery: Common types include microdiskectomy (disk herniation removal), laminectomy (remove bone spur pressure by unroofing spine), these are usually outpatient. Lumbar fusion can be done by different techniques (transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, posterior lif), extreme lateral interbody fusion (xlif) is often done for revision or deformity surgery. Most fusions use rods, screws, cages, bone graft. Read more

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How painful is back surgery typically?

How painful is back surgery typically?

Why and what surgery: First question is, do you need surgery? Seek a second opinnion. Most times back surgery stabilizes the spne but does not necessarily reduce the pain. A reputable pain management specialist can help you in that decision. Do not mask the pain with medications though. Find the root cause and treat with the least invasive treatment possible. Read more

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After back surgery can you get shorter?

After back surgery can you get shorter?

Not usually: Depends on the problem and surgery but would expect fusion type surgery to open up disc spaces with interbody device and preserve or increase height
compression fractures in verebral bodies can make a person shorter. Read more

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How serious is it to have back surgery?

How serious is it to have back surgery?

Serious: All surgeries carry some degree of risk. The "seriousness" of the surgery also depends on what type of surgical procedure is being done, i.E minimally invasive vs a fusion. Talk to your surgeon to ascertain the risks involved and consider a second opinion to see if surgery is the best option. Read more

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Is back surgery safer today than before?

Generally very safe: Spine surgery has come a long way in the last 20 years. Most spine problems, fortunately do not require surgery so by all means try conservative, non-surgical options first. Read more

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How do I work my core after back surgery?

Pilates: I favor pilates over crunches swiss ball waterwork no leg lifts. Read more

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Can you tell me about x-stop back surgery?

Yes: It is a non fusion device used to treat spinal stenosis. Basically, it is implanted between the spinous processes and distracts between them, thereby opening up the nerve canal. I used to do a lot more of them, but a recent paper shows they have a 26 percent reoperation rate. I still think they are a good option for the properly selected patient. Read more

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When is back surgery typically recommended?

When is back surgery typically recommended?

Last resort or: When conservative treatments (pt, meds, injections, other) have failed and there is a structural problem causing disabling back and leg symptoms. Severe /progressive leg weakness, numbness and or loss of bowel and bladder control are urgent indicators for surgery. Read more

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What are good alternatives to back surgery?

What are good alternatives to back surgery?

Many: As long as imaging studies don't show disc problems (along with numbness nor weakness) then acupuncture, stretching, massage, and heat are some of the alternatives to back surgery. Read more

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What are the success rates for back surgery?

Varies: It varies tremendously based upon the nature of the condition you have and also the type of surgery proposed. Don't hesitate to see a specialist and discuss the specifics of your individual case. Read more

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Why I can't have back surgery when I need it?

Why I can't have back surgery when I need it?

Need to talk: To surgeon, if you need surgery and no contraindications you will receive it Read more

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Roman chair after back surgery, is this okay?

Roman chair after back surgery, is this okay?

That depends on the: Type of surgery you had and what outcome you have as well as your overall physical condition currently. You would need to speak to your surgeon as to specifics but once healed and recovered exercise in terms of cardio, core stabilization and flexibility are recommended. Read more

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How can I decide if I should have back surgery?

How can I decide if I should have back surgery?

2nd opinion: If you have been recommended to have back surgery and have unanswered questions, it may be wise to seek out a second surgical opinion. Read more

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What are my chances of a successful back surgery?

Depends: This depends on your age and health, whether surgery is indicated and how complex the surgery is and/ or how compkex the diagnosis is and sometimes how long standing the problem is. The skill of the surgeon and nursing care is important. The rate of conplications and type of complications with this surgery are important. If you smoke, it is a major negative for a good outcome. Read more

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What kind of exercise is viable after back surgery?

What kind of exercise is viable after back surgery?

Many types!: Exercise for your back is vitally important after surgery. The kind of exercise varies based on the type of surgery but generally speaking: stretching and core strengthening, more pecifically yoga and pilates are good choices. That doesn't mean you can't play golf or tennis it just means you should be focusing some time specifically on your back (and core). Read more

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How long will it take to recover from back surgery?

Ask your surgeon as: Factors including age, health, physical & mental condition at time of surgery as well as type & extent of surgery. Complications or their absence plays a role. Minimally invasive surgery v open surgery makes a difference as does the case if a revision surgery or if it includes a fusion v decompression. The approach of the surgery through the abdomen, chest, back or combination factors in too. Read more

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Should I lift weights ever again after back surgery?

What surgery: That is definately a question for your surgeon he/she fixed you up, and only the surgeon knows the right time to wait after surgery. Having said that there are some surgeries after which you should not return to the wieight bench. Your surgeon can guide you do not become a couch potato regardless. Do less impact exrcise often. Read more

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