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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Is ozone a better treatment than micro discectomy for l4-l5 hernia with sciatica?

Is ozone a better treatment than micro discectomy for l4-l5 hernia with sciatica?

Neither: is first line treatment or standard of care for a herniated disk. Suggest core strengthening exercises first, then maybe consider epidural steroid injections and facet joint treatments if needed. After that surgery can be considered. Only time surgery is first line is if you are having weakness, loss of function of bowel or bladder or extreme pain not resolved with above treatments. ...Read more

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If i ask 4 discectomy to treat l5s1 disc protusion over pysio/injection for quick fix.Will a doc listen/overule me.Long treatment will loose my job?

If i ask 4 discectomy to treat l5s1 disc protusion over pysio/injection for quick fix.Will a doc listen/overule me.Long treatment will loose my  job?

No quick fix: I would caution your thought process in terms of "fixing" this issue. Surgery may be an acceptable option for you, but i would consider the advice you are being given by the surgeon. Surgery has long term consequences as well that have to be considered. There should not have to be a long delay to include pt and/or injections before heading to the or. ...Read more

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23m s/p l5-s1 discectomy w/ daily moderate-severe back pain & radiculopathy both leg. What is my next treatment option? More epidural? Fusion surgery?

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23m s/p l5-s1 discectomy w/ daily moderate-severe back pain & radiculopathy both leg. What is my next treatment option? More epidural? Fusion surgery?

Failed back: It appears that you have failed back syndrome. Please see a pain specialist for evaluation and treatment. You might benefit from additional therapy, medications, injections like epidural steroid injection or spinal cord stimulation. ...Read more

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I had a minimal invasive discetomy. Now told I have a "leaky disc". What is the treatment? Will I ever be pain free?

I had a minimal invasive discetomy. Now told I have a "leaky disc".  What is the treatment?  Will I ever be pain free?

Discectomy problems: Uncertain of your procedure. "Leaky disc" does not really describe the problem. Likely time should help. An epidural steroid in the near-term could improve your pain significantly for at least long enough for your body to begin to heal the disc issue. If the pain not improving significantly, I would want a new MRI to see if new pathology/cause of the pain. If not, would give some direction. ...Read more

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Will a microscopic discectomy remove the pinched nerve in my back. And is there a microscopic discectomy for neck with out fusion or bone grap.

Will a microscopic discectomy remove the pinched nerve in my back.  And is there a microscopic discectomy for neck with out fusion or bone grap.

Sort of: Microdiscectomy doesn't remove the nerve, it removes a piece of herniated intervertebral disc that is pinching the nerve.Nerve function then returns to normal. Microdiscetomy is frequently done without either fusion or bone grafting. ...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've asked questions before about my discectomy for nerve damage, i know i shouldn't smoke but doctors put emphasis on it with back problems why?

I've asked questions before  about my discectomy for nerve damage, i know i shouldn't smoke but doctors put emphasis on it with back problems  why?

Smokers have poorer: Surgical outcomes with any spine surgery compared to a nonsmoker. Smoking accelerates the natural rate of disc degeneration 4 times faster and smokers herniate discs at rate twice as often as nonsmokers. Smokers have increased risks of post op infection & wound healing problems. The exact mechanisms are not fully understood but the implications are! ...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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I have bulging disks at l-4-l-5, l5-s-1, compression of nerve bundle, stenosis, aethrotic spurs.3recs.Diskectomy, lamenectomy, fusion. What is best route?

I have bulging disks at l-4-l-5, l5-s-1, compression of nerve bundle, stenosis, aethrotic spurs.3recs.Diskectomy, lamenectomy, fusion. What is best route?

Decompression: When someone has symptoms from nerve compression due to stenosis and the spine is stable, decompressive procedures such as discectomy (laminotomy) or laminectomy are usually best. If the spine is unstable or if decompressing the spine would make it unstable, the decompressive procedures are best combined with fusion. ...Read more

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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


Diskectomy (Definition)

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