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Lapendectomy Back Surgery
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.
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).See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer