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Nerve Recovery After Back Surgery
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
Not bad: I have never had back surgery but have performed several thousand cases. If you are asking about a laminotomy & discectomy when performed with miss technique the procedure is usually performed in an outpatient setting. There is initial soreness of the muscles controlled with ice packs & oral analgesic meds. Patients with sedentary jobs usually are back to work in 10 to 14 days. ...Read more
Depends on Type: Could be a few weeks to a few months, depending on what type of spine surgery was performed. Ask your surgeon to go over the specific surgery he/she is proposing for you including the expected recovery course. ...Read more
Depends: Most patients require at least an hour in the recovery room, depending on the procedure and type of anesthesia. For more complex and multiple hour surgeries, it common to see longer times for the patients to fully emerge from anesthesia. With significant medical issues, there are patients who may be sent directly to an intensive care unit for recovery and extubation. ...Read more
Is the laser back surgery safer and less recovery time than open back surgery. Wats the difference?
Beware of Marketing: Gimmicks! The word "Laser" is used simply for the purpose of marketing, & drawing patients in, & not due to anything else. Laser is simply just a TOOL, not a procedure. To be able to use laser, one still has to make an incision, laser can then be used at the area of pathology if applicable pathology is present. It does not minimize the invasiveness of surgery if being performed by a well trained ...Read more
It depend: As you know we have so many operation for herniated disc. It take about 8-12 weeks. ...Read more
Depends: This depends on how long & severe the compression was as well as the underlying "health" of the nerve-the age of the person, is diabetes involved, a vitamin deficiency, a prior injury or surgery to that nerve, toxic exposure- all play role in prognosis or ability of the nerve to "heal" over time. For most, pain is usually alleviated once nerve is decompressed, but neurologic recovery is variable. ...Read more
It varies: It depends on how much irritation there was before surgery, how long it was there, and how much of those tissues were manipulated during that procedure. Many will improve quickly (days to weeks), others take months, and some never fully recover. Follow your surgeon's instructions, and ask questions if your recovery is delayed. ...Read more
I've had back surgery and still have pain down my legs. I recieve steroid shots and nerve blockers but nothing helps. What is the next step?
The short term and long term effects of back surgery can be hard to predict. Important in knowing the outcome is knowing the kind and duration of symptoms that were present prior to surgery.
Answers to these require consultation with your surgeon. That said, persistent pain is not uncommon, and may respond to additional therapy and attention to back posture. ...Read more
How risky is for a 72 year old female have back surgery to align 2 vertrebass out of place are pinching nerves causing severe back pain and leg crams?
Depends: The surgery that you describe in general is a big surgery that sounds like it would involve a fusion and spinal instrumentation. That being said, these are surgeries that are done frequently with good results. The things that make these surgeries risky are concurrent medical issues:heart problems, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis etc. The risk is also decreased with the experience of the surgeon. ...Read more
Is back surgery for a trapped nerve dangerous. Will my foot pain go away. I have a chronic damaged s1and s2 nerve. Foot hurts when standing?
Back surgery: There is risk with all surgery and certainly true when surgery is performed near your spinal nerves. The decision to move forward with surgery should only come after extensive discussion with your neurosurgeon, clearly outlining risks versus potential benefits. When the risk not having surgery becomes greater than risk of the surgery itself, it is time to move forward. ...Read more
I had back surgery 2 years ago and have pain in right leg only. Could this be sciatic nerve damage?
Yes: It could be.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have been itching for a few days and alot of nerve pain to my feet, why. I had minor back surgery, microdisectomy& laminectomy a year ago?
Post op issue: All the nerves that go the foot originate in the lower back. It stands to reason that if you had recent surgery there then that is most likely the cause. Consult the surgeon who did your procedure ...Read more
Do I need another back surgery? I have a herniated disk at l5-s1, I've been suffering for over 3 years now. I had a surgery in november of 2009, all that was done was scraping the calcium off of the nerve to relieve sciatica. It all started again 6 mont
Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more
What are cures for chronic nerve pain caused by back surgery scar tissue pressing on the nerves. L4, l5, l5, s1?
Diagnosed with nerve damage, as a complication from back surgery which then led to (left) foot drop. The outside of my right foot is now going numb. Wh?
Foot numbness: In this case, you should discuss this issue directly with your surgeon. Foot drop and progressive numbness status post failed back surgery are grave prognosis. Immediate attention to this matter is warranted. ...Read more
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