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Recovery Time Cervical Disc Fusion
Fusion: Replacement these days often refers to an artificial disk. As you are using the term, the disk is removed and replaced with a spacer (bone, metal, plastic, bone substitute). The plate and screws provide additional stability. The bones connected by the spacer and plate grow together (ideally) to form a single bone. ...Read more
A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more
Has anybody had a cervical disc replacement and fusion with plates and screws? Would he be permanently stiff?
Common procedure: An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with instrumentation is a common procedure to address cervical disc herniations, degenerative spondylosis and occasional to treat instability from trauma. A fusion will eliminate the motion at the involved joint segments. Most patients do well. For very good information and videos, check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more
Acdf vs disc replacement: which one is better? What is the criteria for a cervical disc replacement. I already have a fusion at c5-7. C4-5 herniated
They are equal good: They are equivalent the decompression that precedes skeletal reconstruction is the effective part of the procedure for arm pain niether treat neck pain well what is you target symptom? Replacement advantages are theoretical in my opinion and comercially exagerated. In my opinion. ...Read more
I have been having tingling around my mouth. Lips and chin. Can you shed some light on what it may be. I have had a cervical disc fusion c3-t2?
See a neurologist: This is not directly related to your spine surgery but may be related to the underlying reason why you needed the surgery in the first place or it may be totally unrelated but needs to be evaluated in either case. You need a through evaluation from neurologic and cardiovascular standpoints. ...Read more
Do cervical disc herniations heal and does the foramen clear itself of the herniated disc material, if so over what time frame?
Depends: By definition, if you have spinal stenosis in the neck due to the disc herniation and is causing problems, see a spine specialist to discuss your options. Epidural steroid injections may relieve the pain, but the disc will take time to heal. If its getting worse or your are noticing weakness see a surgeon to discuss your options. ...Read more
Disc herniation: Natural history, or the normal healing process, varies between people. However, symptoms can begin and disappear in days. Generally, I give my patients 6 weeks to 3 months for healing. Thereafter, it is likely to be prolonged without surgical treatment. The benefit of surgery is faster return to work/activities, but ultimate result years down the road is equivalent with/without surgery. ...Read more
No treatment: Time is the best healer as most resolve over time but other additional options include; activity modification, smoking cessation, medication like tylenol (acetaminophen) or anti inflammatories if no cobtraindications, cervical traction, a cervical collar usually worn backward, and local treatment like massage or heat. ...Read more
Not if it hurts: If you have recovered and have no symptoms, then yes. If you are currently symptomatic, not advised. ...Read more
Mostly stable: Most of the time, over 90%, the acute phase of the disc problem resolves and a person can live normally. If there are severe neurological symptoms or disability evaluation and treatment may be more urgently wanted and needed. ...Read more
Depends: I underwent cervical arthroplasty in may, and I was able to do push-ups until the very end. If the technique is solid, posture neutral and 'planked' the stress on the injured disc is minimal. I used exercise to maintain my physical stature and measure my response to conservative therapy. An inactive lifestyle wasn't an option and exercise was my measure on choosing surgery. ...Read more
2-3 wks, then things: Change somewhat. Initially the nerve root takes a hard fast hit, & is not happy. Pain, numbness. Muscle weakness is urgent. As the swelling from the herniation decreases symptoms are less. If the herniation is large you may never get out of the acute phase due to the large space it take up in a small space. Rx with NSAIDS help. B sure you are seeing a fellowship trained spine surgeon. ...Read more
Encroachment: Any condition limiting space for the nerves causes encroachment. A herniated disc would cause encroachment. A bone spur would also cause. Encroachment does not imply pressure, or severity, or the presence of symptoms. ...Read more
Semantics: A ruptured disc is indicative of a tear in the annulus fibrosis which contains a gelatinous substance, and the rupture sticks out beyond a few mm. If the disc rupture is large enough, it could contact nerve roots or even the spinal cord, and as it gets closer, it is termed encroachment. ...Read more
Please help! What is the difference between cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment?
Is it true that a slipped cervical disc is more prone to slip again? Will it ever get back to normal? How to avoid this from happening again?
No it is not with: The risk of this occurring again over your life at a 5% rate. ...Read more
Does cervical disc problem disrupts urine system. Kindly let me know, as my wife sometimes doesn't hv control on her urine, as she sffrng frm disc?
No: They should be separate issues.Get a more detailed answer ›
Find youth fountain.: If you can' t find the foutain of youth, then try to stay as young as possible by not smoking, exercise regularly, sleep well and avoid awkward and prolonged positioning with you neck and arms. Avoid heavy or repetitive lifting or pulling. Maintain a good vitamin d level. ...Read more
It is possible: When the disc is not in its normal location as is the case with herniation symptoms can occur. Inflammation can occur, impingement can occur. If the swelling can be minimized and the pressure off the nerve somehow controlled, then it is possible to reverse. The longer a nerve is irritated the harder it maybe to treat. ...Read more
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