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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
After lower back surgery in 04-20-I5 was left with foot drop. Only stand -walk w walker. If L4 or L5 nerves damaged will it show on MRI. Can it B fixe?
Not best test: Emg confirms nerve damage and dysfunction Mri searches for correctable causes of new post op neurologic deficits after surgery post op L5 injuries and foot drops have a poor recovery rate in general a AFO brace can make a big difference in return to function, I favored the ottobach afo for my foot drop recovery is generally prolonged and incomplete but not unheard of good luck recover or adapt ...Read more
Nerve damage spine had neck surgery 2008 in 2009 had huge back surgery cut me across my stomach I never been the same I am so numb test show l1-l5.
Sorry to hear that: Typically, if there is any nerve damage, you will have to live with it, as it likely going to stay with you. Get emg/ncs ; evaluate if there is nerve damage. See a spine surgeon for evaluation. He/she will ensure there is no compressive pathology existing in your spine. If things are well decompressed, then no surgery will be recommended. Dorsal column stimulation may offer help in some patients. ...Read more
I have disuse atrophy in my right leg, and foot, due to nerve damage in l4/l5 s1.Had a failed back surgery 02'13. Will I lose ability to walk one day?
I have just had back surgery to take pressure off my nerves 3 days ago. Is it normal to have muscle pain in your leg while it heals?
Advice as a patient: Experienced this firsthand. Don't despair. It gets better. I'm symptom-free 7+ years later. Even with success, you may still get occasional symptoms. Best advice, maintain normal weight as best you can and stay active. When I got lazy and gained weight, my symptoms started flaring up until I lost it. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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