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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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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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Is non surgical spine decompression good for spine problems?

Is non surgical spine decompression good for spine problems?

Depends: It depends on the extent of your spine problems. It may help if you have an anatomical compression. ...Read more

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Is disk herniation surgery effective?

Is disk herniation surgery effective?

Yes: Your surgeon will help you decide when it is needed. In most instances, after non-operative care has been tried and failed, discectomy is very effective at improving leg pain. ...Read more

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Intractible sciatic pain degenerative disc disease surgery or no surgery?

Intractible sciatic pain degenerative disc disease surgery or no surgery?

Surgery if severe: Sciatica is caused by degenerative discs or joints impinging upon the nerves within the spine. If best medical management is not successful, consultation with a surgeon is recommended. Surgical decompression, allows the nerves to heal and for the severe leg pain of sciatica to be relieved. Each case must be carefully evaluated to make the best recommendation. ...Read more

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Can herniated discs heal without surgery?

Can herniated discs heal without surgery?

Yes: Symptoms can subside overtime but may require activity adjustments to live with. Disc material has alot of waetr content and this can be reabsorbed the volume shrinks putting less pressure on nerve. The nerve calms down the leg pain improves. ...Read more

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Prognosis of sciatica pain from lumbar disc bulge or herniation without surgery or injection?

Prognosis of sciatica pain from lumbar disc bulge or herniation without surgery or injection?

Quick answer: greater than 90% of patients who have surgery have the same pain or lack of pain after 5 years compared to those who do not have surgery. If the pain is tolerable, wait before considering surgery ...Read more

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Can a second disc herniation heal without surgery?

Can a second disc herniation heal without surgery?

Can occur: There is evidence that a ruptured disc tends to desiccate and shrink over 9-10 months in many patients if no further trauma occurs. Issue however, is compromised if progressive symptomatic deterioration requiring more rapid interventions. ...Read more

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Which is better for?A herniated disc --- ?Discectomy or fusion?

Which is better for?A herniated disc --- ?Discectomy or fusion?

Spine Pain Options: This pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Are exercises for thoracic disc herniation extension based?

Are exercises for thoracic disc herniation extension based?

Thoracic disc: Yes. Generally extension exercises can help with a thoracic disc due to the fact that the native thoracic spine is in flexion (which compresses the disc). ...Read more

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Could non surgical decompression work for ddd?

Disc degeneration: Yes. Traction for the neck or back can relieve pressure on pinched nerves and realign the spine. Traction is used as an adjunct to other nonoperative measures to relieve the pain. Traction is usually performed 10-15 minutes in the morning and in the evening. If traction makes the pain worse then stop and seek medical evaluation with a spine specialist. ...Read more

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C3 C4 disc herniation which approach better acdf or laminectomy from back of kneck-mri shows herniation which is better approach major ?

C3 C4 disc herniation which approach better acdf or laminectomy from back
of kneck-mri shows herniation
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ACDF: Acdf is an anterior approach and will involve the removal of the entire disc and take pressure off the nerve roots and spinal cord. The downside of the acdf at c3-4 is the higher incidence of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) afterward. The spinal cord and nerve roots can be decompressed from behind the neck as well - downside of that is that approach typically causes more neck pain. ...Read more

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What are best the non cirurgical treatments for spinal disc herniation L5 s1?

What are best the non cirurgical treatments for spinal disc herniation L5 s1?

Back Pain Options: This back pain as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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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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What is spinal decompression and spine fusion surgery?

What is spinal decompression and spine fusion surgery?

Different surgeries: Spinal decompression surgery is performed nerve root impingement-usually from bone or ligaments in the spinal canal or where the nerve roots exit-the neuroforamena. Generally called a laminectomy, it involves removing bone and ligament from the spine. A spinal fusion locks together two or more segments of the spine, usually with screws and rods. Bone is added as well to allow the bones to knit. ...Read more

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Are there any non-invasive treatment for cervical herniated discs (degenerative disc disease)?

Are there any non-invasive treatment for cervical herniated discs (degenerative disc disease)?

Yes: Physical therapy, cervical traction, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, chiropractic care, cervical epidural steroid injections are common options. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Is lumbar traction effective for a displaced vertebrae from disc degeneration?

Is lumbar traction effective for a displaced vertebrae from disc degeneration?

Yes/no: I was trained using hospital based lumbar traction, it did very little to help disc disease in that by the time we applied enough traction to help the patient they were at the foot of the bed and no force applied.Modern traction (drx 9000) can apply your body weight to a specific disc segment and really make a difference.At your age please look into this treatment. ...Read more

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What type of orthopedic surgeon can perform spinal surgery for a C7 foramenal stenosis radiculopathy?

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What type of orthopedic surgeon can perform spinal surgery for a C7 foramenal stenosis radiculopathy?

Yes: I agree with dr. Poelstra - make sure the surgeon has additional spine surgery training, and does many spine surgery procedures. The same would be recommended for a neurosurgeon doing spine surgery. ...Read more

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Exercises that are safe after lower spine surgery for herniated disk?

Exercises that are safe after lower spine surgery for herniated disk?

Clearance by surgeon: After clearance, a progressive program emphasizing core strengthening, flexibility, good posture, and proper use of lower back mechanics. Don't do those things that aggravate your symptoms. May need work with a physical therapist or trainer. ...Read more

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What's the failure rate for spine surgery for disc herniation?

What's the failure rate for spine surgery for disc herniation?

Pain: If by failure you mean what is the chance you will still have pain -50%. If the disc is causing loss of sensation or strength then the chances are somewhat better of aiding it. Back surgery for pain has abysmal results. Wt loss, strengthening your abs without laying on your back and glucosamine have at least as good of results if not better. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk (Definition)

A herniated disk is a condition in which the gel-like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. ...Read more