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Pins, needles and numbness after cervical discectomy. Is this a big deal?

Pins, needles and numbness after cervical discectomy. Is this a big deal?

Not necessarily: Cervical discectomy is most commonly performed for pain refractory to nonoperative treatment. However, neurologic symptoms are also common. If numbness(medical term is paresthesias), or tingling was present prior to the operation, it may persist indefinitely. If the paresthesias are in the same distribution as the preoperative pain, it may represent residual from the initial problem. ...Read more

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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Pins, needles and numbness after chiari operations and cervical discectomy. Is this normal?

Pins, needles and numbness after chiari operations and cervical discectomy. Is this normal?

Clarification: 1. After cervical discectomy some times the nerve root can be irritated or recover from compression to cause pins/needle sensation. 2. Chiari decompression usually will not cause pins/needle sensation in arms/legs, unless severe compression of the brain stem/or associated syrnix was noted in the initial mri. ...Read more

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What can I do about pins, needles, and numbness after a chiari operation and cervical discectomy?

What can I do about pins, needles, and numbness after a chiari operation and cervical discectomy?

Further workup: Your options depend on the location of the pins/needles sensation, your symptoms before your chiari surgery, the severity of the chiari, and the operation on your cervical spine. You should start with your family md for an evaluation and they can do a workup. You could then be referred to a neurologist or neurosurgeon for examination and discussion of your findings/options. ...Read more

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34 y/o f strongly recommended for cervical discectomy & fusion. Herniation of c6/7. Weakness, numb & tingling in r arm. Too young for this procedure?

No: If you have developed neurologic deficits from a cervical disc herniation, surgery is reasonable. Your deficits determines the appropriateness of surgery more so than your age. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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How do you perform a cervical discectomy?

How do you perform a cervical discectomy?

Cervical disectomy: Very carefully. The approach is usually from the front of the neck and involves the use of ther operating microscope. ...Read more

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Anterior cervical discectomy surgery, what to do?

Anterior cervical discectomy surgery, what to do?

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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Is anterior cervical discectomy with fusion considered a major surgery?

If it is you!: It depends on one's perspective and really on how healthy you are and how severe the disc herniation is and if any other associated pathology or if there was any other prior surgery or treatment(radiation) through the surgical approach that may complicate the surgery or if you are a smoker, obese, diabetic, have an existing chronic remote infection, renal disease etc. ...Read more

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How is anterior cervical discectomy with allgraft and fusion on c-5 to t1?

Common surgery: Anterior cervical fusion is a common surgery. Check out soine-health.Com for videos and information on the procedure. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could anterior cervical discectomy with fusion be considered a major surgery?

Yes!: The surgery is major, though generally well tolerated. The surgery is near the spinal cord and many nerves. It requires moving the esophagus, the muscular tube where food passes to your stomach. The windpipe and voice box are also moved. Any of these can be injured or work less well after surgery (temporarily or permanently). Risk depends on many factors, so talk to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it true that anterior cervical discectomy with fusion is considered major surgery?

Is it true that anterior cervical discectomy with fusion is considered major surgery?

Absolutely: It is a common surgery for spine surgeons and most patients do well. However, it is certainly considered major surgery. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Cervical Spinal Disk Removal (Definition)

This is an operation designed to remove a disc in the neck. It is usually performed for a herniated disc pressing on a ...Read more