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Dr. Scott Tromanhauser
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Discectomy (Definition)

Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more ...Read more


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Anterior cervical disectomy recovery time?

Anterior cervical disectomy recovery time?

Depends: For a standard cervical discectomy and fusion for radiculopathy it's 8-12 weeks. You could return to work more quickly depending on what you do. The hospital stay is typically overnight, though some surgeons do the procedure outpatient. If someone is very myelopathic, then the recovery/rehab is longer. For an artificial disc the recovery time is shorter since no fusion is expected. ...Read more

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What is recovery time laminectomy and fusion surgery?

What is recovery time laminectomy and fusion surgery?

This varies as to : The type of fusion done, number of levels involved as well as the type of instrumentation ( if any) that was used. In general, assuming normal healing ( not smoking, not a diabetic, not a revision surgery, not hypothyroid or malnourished) usually after several months for most activities with fusion 6 months to a year to all activities -closer to a year for activities like golf. ...Read more

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Recovery from laparoscopic ventral rectopexy surgery?

Recovery from laparoscopic ventral rectopexy surgery?

What: What about it? You mean recovery time form ventral hernia repair. About a week to two depending on size. ...Read more

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Whats partial meniscus removal recovery time?

Whats partial meniscus removal recovery time?

It depends: One can walk out of the recovery room with a cane but then it is about 5 days until biking on a stationary bike and running in 4-6 weeks. Please discuss with your orthopedist. Each has their own rehab routine. It will also depend on how fit your were prior to the injury and any other knee pathology. ...Read more

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Advantages and disdvantages of laser lumbar discectomy surgery?

Advantages and disdvantages of laser lumbar discectomy surgery?

If the selection: for such surgery is done properly it's advantage is that it can be done using MINIMALLY INVASIVE approaches (eg small incision "band-aid surgery")

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Which is better in removing herniated disc ..The microdiscectomy vs endoscopic discectomy ?

Which is better in removing herniated disc ..The microdiscectomy vs endoscopic discectomy ?

Disc herniation: Both approaches to removing disc herniations are effective. The location of the herniation will dictated the best approach, whether more from the middle of the spine to an approach from the side of the spine. Many spine surgeons have experience with both microdiscectomy and endoscopic. It is important to discuss these approaches with the surgeon. ...Read more

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Recovery from rotor cuf surgery ?

Good: Please can you state your question about rotation cuff surgery recovery. ...Read more

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Is reherniation after lumbar laminectomy with discectomy possible?

Is reherniation after lumbar laminectomy with discectomy possible?

No: If there was a complete diskectomy, there is nothing left to herniated, but if the surgeon just shaved the disk, then re-herniation can occur. ...Read more

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Anterior discetomy and fusion physical therapy protocol?

Anterior discetomy and fusion physical therapy protocol?

Lots of variables: Most doctors wait about four weeks before starting physical therapy after an acdf. Depending on the level of the surger, yphysical therapy activities will vary. Because of the long period of convalescence after a fusion like this, patients usually have compromised stamina, so treatment may include exercise to improve core strength. This is a good place to learn more: http://tinyurl.Com/p2z8ud. ...Read more

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What is posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation surgery?

What is posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation surgery?

A type of spine : Surgery where implants which are usually several screws that attach to the bones of the spine and are then interconnected over one or more levels with usually a pair of metal rods -this is the instrumentation. A fusion is a healing together of two or more spine bones or vertebra with the use of bone material or synthetic substitutes. ...Read more

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How painful is micro fracture knee surgery?

How painful is micro fracture knee surgery?

Limited pain: Microfracture surgery is minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery and is usually tolerated very well. Pain is very subjective, so pain that is 1/10 to one person may be an 8/10 to someone else. That being said, arthroscopic microfracture surgery is usually less painful. The majority of my patients will be off of narcotics after a few days and using over the counter medication to relieve pain. ...Read more

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How long is recovery from knee arthroscopic surgery?

How long is recovery from knee arthroscopic surgery?

Scope recovery: Depending upon what was wrong and what was done, a partial meniscectomy for example allows immediate weight bearing and wean off crutches when able. Usually 2 weeks off work and 2 weeks of light activity, then ok full activity as tolerated. ...Read more

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Can weighted leg curls be done 4 weeks post op knee microfracture surgey?

Can weighted leg curls be done 4 weeks post op knee microfracture surgey?

Microfracture: Depends on what part of your knee that was microfractured...But most likely yes. Talk with your surgeon to find out for sure. ...Read more

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Recovery time after retinal detachment surgery? Procedure: vitrectomy

Recovery time after retinal detachment surgery?  Procedure: vitrectomy

3-8 weeks.: Although less common, a short acting gas bubble in a relatively simple detachment can facilitate a shorter period of face down positioning. Surgeons use gases with different rates of absorption for this purpose. Usually drops continue for between two and four weeks, depending on situation. Finally, silicon oil can be used and no positioning at all is required but the oil must be removed. ...Read more

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How long is cervical discectomy the operation length and recovery time?

How long is cervical discectomy the operation length and recovery time?

It varies: For a one-level discectomy and fusion the operation typically lasts 1-2hours. I typically let my patients go home the same day of surgery. Recovery varies from patient to patient. I tell my patients no strenuous activity for first 2 weeks. We then start to ease them back into full activity so that they're back to normal activity by 6-8 weeks. See http://youtu.Be/oyk49lnvx78 for a video. ...Read more

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Recovery/down time post acdf c6/c7? What is the post op recovery like?

Recovery/down time post acdf c6/c7? What is the post op recovery like?

Acdf: Every surgeon has a different Postop protocol. I usually allow my patients to do all normal gentle activity immediately after surgery. I restrict any heavy bending lifting or twisting for six weeks though. Most patients are off of the narcotic pain medication by about two weeks after surgery. ...Read more

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Which stimulation therapy is good for ventral laparoscopic surgery recovery?

Which stimulation therapy is good for ventral laparoscopic surgery recovery?

Not routinely used: Ask your surgeon or use at your own risk. Drop us a note and let us know how your experiment works out. I would not recommend it. ...Read more

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Recovery time from surgery for herniated disk?

Recovery time from surgery for herniated disk?

Usually 6-10 weeks.: Usually 6-10 weeks. People heal in different time frames. During the healing process, i advise patients to avoid heavy lifting or strenuos activity. I do encourage them to begin a walking program. Check out spine-health.Com. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the pros/cons of a 3 level cervical laminectomy w/o fusion vs a keyhole endoscopic decompression for stenosis(disc &spurs compressing nerves?

What are the pros/cons of a 3 level cervical laminectomy w/o fusion vs a keyhole endoscopic decompression for stenosis(disc &spurs compressing nerves?

Complex: It is a little complex to fully discuss in such a forum; but a for amounting would be appropriate if you are just having symptoms of foraminal stenosis causing pain in the arm, where a laminectomy may be needed if you have problems related to central cord compression. Definitely would need to discuss face to face with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a diskectomy? How long does it take to recover from a diskectomy? When can I get back to normal activities and work? .

Recovery : Recovery time depends on the type of discectomy surgery you have, long long you have had the problem and the presence of nerve damage. Patients recover quicker from minimally invasive and endoscopic discectomy then traditional. People who have the problem longer or have nerve damage take longer to recover. Most people recover from surgery between a 2 to 12 weeks. Please see my health guide on lumbar discectomy. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the estimated recovery time for laser discectomy?

What is the estimated recovery time for laser discectomy?

Short: "if " it works ti should be quick...If your symptoms persist see an orthopaedic spine surgeon with a new mri. ...Read more

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How long of a recovery time should I expect from discectomy surgery?

Recovery: The less invasive surgery is, the faster the recovery and the less chance of complications. ...Read more

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What is the recovery consist of for anterior cervical diskectomy?

Cervical fusion: Depend upon how many levels are being operated upon.Now a days a simple discectomy is rearly done and usually a bone fusion along with plate fixation is the common practice.One level fusion usaually allows the return to daliy activities in a short period of time 3to 4 weeks, however more extrenous activities such as sports require that the fusion be solid heal 4to 6 months. ...Read more

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How long is cervical discectomy the operation length and recovery time?

It varies: For a one-level discectomy and fusion the operation typically lasts 1-2hours. I typically let my patients go home the same day of surgery. Recovery varies from patient to patient. I tell my patients no strenuous activity for first 2 weeks. We then start to ease them back into full activity so that they're back to normal activity by 6-8 weeks. See http://youtu.Be/oyk49lnvx78 for a video. ...Read more

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For cervical discectomy, what is the operation length and recovery time?

For cervical discectomy, what is the operation length and recovery time?

One hour, 3 months: The surgery is usually about an hour. It takes about 3 months to fully recover. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Cervical discectomy - what is the normal operation length and recovery time?

Fairly short.: If you are referring to an anterior cervical discectomy, the operation usually takes about an hour and most patients can go home the same day or the next. Typically, if everything goes well, patients are back at work within a week or two. ...Read more

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Cervical discectomy and fusion assuming successful surgery, with no complications and reasonably healthy and active patient; what is a reasonable recovery period?

Cervical discectomy and fusion assuming successful surgery, with no complications and reasonably healthy and active patient; what is a reasonable recovery period?

3 months: Assuming a proper work-up has been done and conservative care has failed, most patients do very well from a single level cervical fusion. Average time for a complete recovery is 3 months. Check out spine health.Com. ...Read more

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I just had a cervial discectomy and fusion at C5 C6 recovery has been minimal how long before i can schedule a breast lift ?

I just had a cervial discectomy and fusion at C5 C6 recovery has been minimal how long before i can schedule a breast lift ?

Ask neck surgeon: Your neck surgeon has the definitive answer based on your actual surgery, as well as how your healing has progressed. An elective cosmetic surgery should not be undertaken when there is any risk to your neck; your neck will likely need to be hyperextended for anesthesia, and unless fully and durably healed (x-ray?), this could be a major risk. Talk frankly with your neck surgeon about your plan! ...Read more

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Does a micro discectomy bring results?

Does a micro discectomy bring results?

YES!!: Microdiscectomy, whether performed traditionally or thru miss technique performed for the correct diagnosis routinely result in excellent results. For discectomy there is a 90% excellent outcome. Hopefully in the future we will be able to achieve a 100% excellent outcome! ...Read more

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Could a micro discectomy bring positive results?

Yes: In the proper scenario, a microdiscectomy can be very helpful. Disc herniations can cause pain, numbness and weakness. If the symptoms have not gone away with conservative modalities, such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, epidural injections, then surgery is a good option. The procedure takes out the herniated portion through a small incision. ...Read more

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How should I sleep after a micro discectomy?

Whichever way that: Makes you the most comfortable. However you shouldn't sleep in sitting position. ...Read more

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During a minimally invasive micro discectomy a CSF leak occurred & repaired should I have been sent home the same day?

During a minimally invasive micro discectomy a CSF leak occurred & repaired should I have been sent home the same day?

Probably: CSF leak is a not uncommon occurrence during microdiscectomy. When this happens, every effort is made at the time of surgery to repair the dural opening and prevent leakage. If CSF leakage through the incision occurs, this should be resutured, and sometimes a reoperation is necessary. The leak usually doesn't occur for several days, however, so there is no advantage to keeping the patient. ...Read more

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I had a micro discectomy L5 s1 feb 15, no more electrocution, but still pain along the same sciatic line 2 months later? It's off the nerve.

I had a micro discectomy L5 s1 feb 15, no more electrocution, but still pain along the same sciatic line 2 months later? It's off the nerve.

Microdiscectomy: It is possible that a residual or recurrent disc herniation could cause persistent pain - an MRI with/without contrast would document this. Also, unfortunately there are also cases in which the nerve has already sustained permanent damage, so even if a microdiscectomy is technically successful and without complications, the nerve damage may not be reversible. ...Read more

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I had micro discectomy 3 months ago for nerve damage on right side which was successful but now get pain around left hip could it be the nerve settling?

This could be that : Even after successful disc surgery which is anticipated 90-95% of the time that due to further disc degeneration, 10% can develop back pain over time and there is a 5% chance of a recurrent disc herniation occuring as well as only a portion of the disc that herniated is removed as the rest remains functional. Avoid smoking, being overweight & exercise regularly to minimize issues. ...Read more

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What should I do to cope with horrific leg pain after a lumbar micro diskectomy?

What should I do to cope with horrific leg pain after a lumbar micro diskectomy?

See your surgeon: Let your surgeon know what is going on. They would be in the best position to provide advice and determine if a new imaging study such as a MRI of the lumbar spine with and without contrast to rule out a recurrent disc herniation is warranted. ...Read more

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Had micro discectomy that went wrong compressed the nerve .Next op removed debris , bone fragments nerve comfy , could scar tissue ruin second op?

Had micro discectomy that went wrong compressed the nerve .Next op removed debris , bone fragments nerve comfy , could scar tissue ruin second op?

Possible: Arachnoiditis is thought to potentially occur in patients who undergo multiple back surgeries. This is a condition felt to be due to traction placed on the spinal cord sac or its internal elements from the formation of scar tissue following surgery. Usually not a huge problem until the patient has had more than a couple of surgeries but even 1 could be all that's needed in some folks. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Diskectomy (Definition)

The term discectomy refers to an excision of all or part of a disc. The disc itself is a cartilage structure that is located between two vertebral bodies. Disectomies are typically performed to improve pain and/or function in a patient that had ...Read more