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What to expect after lumbar foraminotomy surgery, early 80's, good shape, active, nonsmoker?

What to expect after lumbar foraminotomy surgery, early 80's, good shape, active, nonsmoker?

Good results: Treatment for back problems has changed
a lot in recent years. Many of the new methods are designed to relieve pain and
improve function without having to have
some of the major surgeries of the past
required. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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I had a laminectomy with a foraminotomy. At the same time a lipoma of the terminals extending fromL2-S2 was disected. The post MRI states states the?

I had a laminectomy with a foraminotomy. At the same time a lipoma of the terminals extending fromL2-S2 was disected. The post MRI states states the?

What's question?: You didn't really finish any question....looks like you were copying something from an MRI report. If you'd like to address the question to us as a group then, please restate and resubmit....or if you'd like a neurologist's opinion you may drop me a line directly at: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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I had l5-s1 spine fusion and a L4 foraminotomy in several months ago, is there a way to relieve back pain radiating down my left leg?

I had l5-s1 spine fusion and a L4 foraminotomy in several months ago, is there a way to relieve back pain radiating down my left leg?

Several ways: Some of this depends on what part of the leg is affected and the underlying cause. Treatments include medicine, injection therapy, pt, spinal cord stimulation and further surgery. ...Read more

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Cervical foraminotomy vs acdf. Which is preferred in c5~6 hnp w rad. In 28yr old pt? Is minimally invasive technique always good?

Herniated disc: A herniated cervical disc can be treated with surgery if all the nonoperative options have been exhausted or if there is a significant weakness associated with the herniated disc. The approach can be from the back (foraminotomy) or the front (acdf) of the neck. An emerging option is an artificial disc and particularly at your age, this may be an excellent option. See your neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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L4-l5 microlumb disectomy n foraminotomy perform on me on 10/08mri showd l4-l5 central n right paracentral large disc herni. Causin comp. Right L5 root?

L4-l5 microlumb disectomy n foraminotomy perform on me on 10/08mri showd l4-l5 central n right paracentral large disc herni. Causin comp. Right L5 root?

See a spine surgeon: You likely have a recurring herniated disc. If you are having right leg pain, then go see your spine surgeon for re-evaluation, and to re-start conservative management. These will include nsaids if not medically contraindicated, pt, home exercises, epidural injections. Repeat discectomy should only be considered if you fail these treatments described above. ...Read more

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Who does foraminotomy?

Spine surgeon: An experienced spine surgeon, either neuro or ortho with specific spine training and expertise. ...Read more

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What is a foraminotomy?

What is a foraminotomy?

A foraminotomy: Is a medical procedure used to relieve pressure on nerves that are being compressed by the intervertebral foramina, the passages through the bones of the vertebrae of the spine that pass nerve bundles to the body from the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Infraorbital nerve. Is the foraminotomy possible at that place in order to release compressed v2 nerve?

Infraorbital nerve. Is the foraminotomy possible at that place in order to release compressed v2 nerve?

Infraorbital nerve: This nerve is decompressed during orbito zygomatic procedures...I guess if you were having pain in that area that it could be done. Make sure your condition isn't from trigeminal neuralgia from vascular compression of the 5th cranial nerve at the brain stem not orbit. Seek consultation from a neurologist or vascular neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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I just found out I need Foraminotomy surgery, I do not have health insurance though so I am curious of what the cost would be? Any kind of estimate

I just found out I need Foraminotomy surgery, I do not have health insurance though so I am curious of what the cost would be? Any kind of estimate

Spine surgery: Most states have a pool of money for health care for people who work and have no insurance. It is called vocational rehabilitation. Check with your surgeon to see if the practice accepts this type of insurance. ...Read more

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What is the best neck exercise for post op posterior cervical foraminotomy? (I also had an anterior ACF - C4-5 & 5-6 - 4 mos out for severe stenosis).

What is the best neck exercise for post op posterior cervical foraminotomy? (I also had an anterior ACF - C4-5 & 5-6 - 4 mos out for severe stenosis).

Ask your Surgeon: With your underlying spinal issues and previous surgery, it is important to ask your Neuro-surgeon/Surgeon what exercises are best for you, as each pt is different and your specific case may warrant a different recommendation regarding the exercises you should be doing. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I've been told that I need a dorsal foraminotomy or a 'foramino facetectomy' (c5/c6 & c6/c7). I can't find much literature on the 2nd procedure &, as I'm working abroad, it's difficult to find info.

I've been told that I need a dorsal foraminotomy or a 'foramino facetectomy' (c5/c6 & c6/c7). I can't find much literature on the 2nd procedure &, as I'm working abroad, it's difficult to find info.

Get Doc to explain: Before you can honestly consent to anything, you need to understand it. The person offering the procedure is obligated to tell you clearly the 'what ; why' as well as the 'how' of the procedure. They also need to explain risks with or without the intervention and any alternatives. If you don't get this satisfaction, be sure to seek a 2nd opinion before consenting to anything. ...Read more

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I have had 2 foraminotomy one in april of c7/t1 and another in oct on c5/c6 both in 2012. I am getting hand pain again & pins & needles what to do?

I have had 2 foraminotomy one in april of c7/t1 and another in oct on c5/c6 both in 2012. I am getting hand pain again & pins & needles what to do?

Speak to surgeon: Sounds as if your symptoms were improved after surgery and have now come back. Please speak to your surgeon to see if you need re-imaging. Good luck! ...Read more

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Week ago, had posterior foraminotomy c6c7t1.Arm was weak and sore, now better. But still feeling nerve pain, twitches, esp. Whelooking left. How long, why?

Week ago, had posterior foraminotomy c6c7t1.Arm was weak and sore, now better. But still feeling nerve pain, twitches, esp. Whelooking left. How long, why?

See your physician: I suggest you ask your surgeon. He is going to be able to give you the best answer. However, it is not uncommon to have continued nerve pain after foraminotomy. It usually lasts days to weeks. As long as you don't develop new symptoms such as weakness, increasing numbness or new pain, the problem should resolve on its own without need for further surgery. ...Read more

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20 yo son to have a lumbar laminectomy this week. How rare for a 20yo and what is recovery time?

20 yo son to have a lumbar laminectomy this week. How rare for a 20yo and what is recovery time?

Can happen: Mode people with spinal stenosis are are older but congenital stenosis can occur earlier. Recovery is anywhere from 2-6 weeks depending on how much work is done. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for removing a tarlov cyst from the lumbar area? Should restrict walking up and down stairs n walking for exercise for long?

Quick recovery: Tarlov cysts are "oh by the way" findings of near zero pathological consequence. Makes no sense that someone offered treatment (surgery) for this - purely cottonoid/ patty approach. Need to discuss. ...Read more

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Aged 80.he has compression fracture at D12.AND lumbar spondylosis. Now he is taking bed rest for past 15 days. How much time required complete recovery?

Aged 80.he has compression fracture at D12.AND lumbar spondylosis. Now he is taking bed rest for past 15 days. How much time required complete recovery?

Compression fracture: Most compression fractures heal in 4-8 weeks. Time, medication, and bracing can all help. Miacalcin (salmon calcitonin) spray can help heal and help pain. If any neurologic signs, he should see pcp. Procedures like vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty can offer significant relief as well. ...Read more

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How long does recovery from lower lumbar surgery usually take.

How long does recovery from lower lumbar surgery usually take.

Depends: It depends on which lumbar surgery you're referring to specifically. But, in all honesty, a lot depends on the pre-operative condition of the patient and many other factors. Wish I had a better answer for you -- good luck! ...Read more

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If I have lower lumbar fusion surgery, and how is the recovery for it?

Depends: Your previous health status, personality & attitude will all have an effect. Recovery will be about 6 -8wks & if successful obviously all your initial symptoms should improve. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery of lumbar spine fusion?

Physical therapy: After a lumbar spine fusion with instrumentation, most patients are mobilized within a day or two. They progress with physical therapy. The incisions are usually healed within a week. Ultimately, the fusion needs to become solid. This may take about 3 months. During that time physical therapy is key in getting the patient moving and overcoming the pain from surgery which can be significant. ...Read more

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What is the recovery like for lumbar spinal stenosis surgery?

What is the recovery like for lumbar spinal stenosis surgery?

This is dependent on: Several factors including one's health status & physical conditioning, any associated instability of the spine, whether obese &/or a smoker, any underlying diabetes or neuropathy, evidence of any peripheral vascular disease-but in general, when indicated appropriately, 85% success rate --generally 6-8 week recovery depending on number of levels involved in spine that has not had any prior surgery. ...Read more

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Lumbar MRI showed N impingement @ L5-S1 & poss surgery'd be microdiscectomy to remove extruded part w/ min recovery. Now symptoms indicate L3-L4 impingement too. How would this change poss surgery/recovery?

Lumbar MRI showed N impingement @ L5-S1 & poss surgery'd be microdiscectomy to remove extruded part w/ min recovery. Now symptoms indicate L3-L4 impingement too. How would this change poss surgery/recovery?

Back surgery: You need to ask your surgeon, however if MRI was fairly recent and showed no problems at L3/L4 then answer probably no change. Pain could be from the extruded fragment migrating slightly and/or inflammation. If you were to have additional disc problems at L3/L4 then surgery somewhat lengthened but really shouldn't affect recovery much. ...Read more

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Can lumbar injury increase with time?

Can lumbar injury increase with time?

Yes: Conditions occurring to the lumbar spine may slowly progress/worsen over years due to changes known as degenerative disease. There can be no specific cause (genetic) to start the degeneration of the disc complex, but injuries to the spine can be associated with the beginnings and/or progression of lumbar degenerative disease. ...Read more

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When attempting a lumbar puncture, how many attempts should be made at one time?

Lumbar puncture: The only way for you to know how many attempts for lumbar puncture is to listen to the doctor who is taking care of you. Should not be too many! ...Read more

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What is the outcome when you have Lumbar Spine and you visit the Neuroligist for the first time?

Varies: Hopefully your visit will involve a better understanding of the possible causes of your pain as well as potential treatment options. ...Read more

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When getting lumbar shots for pain can the same medicine work one time but not the next? And visa versa?

When getting lumbar shots for pain can the same medicine work one time but not the next? And visa versa?

Epidurals: Yes. Epidural injections for lumbar pain can be a hit or miss for pain alleviation. You need to talk to the doctor doing the procedure for more information. :) ...Read more

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How much time does it take to recover from laminotomy lumbar surgery?

8-12 weeks: It usually takes 6 weeks to make the majority of the recovery. Usually full recovery in 8-12 weeks. Check out Spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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How much time until hole from lumbar puncture heals itself after two blood patches?

How much time until hole from lumbar puncture heals itself after two blood patches?

Lumbar puncture: Blood patches are usually quite successful in treating a puncture leak. Usually the patch should work within a week or so, sometimes it can take two weeks. ...Read more