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Sleep Position After Neck Surgery
Comfort is paramount when sleeping. Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs and improve neck pain. If you have lower back pain, using a pillow behind your knees to slightly elevate it can help back pain. Avoid sleeping on your stomach as it cause lead to unwanted neck discomfort in the am. A firmer bed or memory foam mattress may do the trick. Happy sleeping! ...Read more
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absence of specific health concerns, sleeping on the back may be optimal. Sleeping on your back can aid the head ; spine to maintain a neutral position. If you sleep on your back a puffy pillow which provides support but doesn’t put your neck at too much of an angle is recommended. Sleeping on the side can also. ...Read more
What are best sleep position (s) & pillow height/firmness for reducing/preventing back, neck & shoulder tension/soreness?
Had neck surgery monday to untrap a nerve and remove and replace c5, 6, 7 disks. Since then been having a lot of major headaches. What could be the cause?
Ask neurosurgeon: For such a detailed diagnosis, it's probably best to consult with a neurosurgeon, to specifically answer whether surgery is indicated for your angioma or not. It may depend on the size, location, and how it's impacting your health. Often times, they can be congenital, and can grow. So this has to be documented, and imaged. Then, you'll have a good idea what to do. ...Read more
Potentially: It depends in part on the nature of the neck surgery and also whether or not there is a complication. Having surgery on your vocal cords could certainly affect your voice. I am a spinal surgeon and we do some neck surgeries in the front of the neck. In those cases, the recurrent laryngeal nerve and the crycothyroid nerve both affect the voice and can be irritated during surgery. Thank you. ...Read more
See below: An approach to the diseased disc is made through the front of the neck. The disc is removed and the nerves and spinal cord are freed from impingement at that level. A spacer is placed in the disc space and can be made of a variety of materials. A plate can be applied to potentially increase the rigidity of the system. Over 8-12 weeks bone grows across the spacer resulting in a fused segment. ...Read more
Anything possible.: Need a follow up x-ray and compare it to the post op x rays to know for sure. It is possible that a choke hold would do damage. Go get an xray at the surgeon's office. ...Read more
Depends: Having diabetes is not a definitive contraindication for neck surgery. When indicated, I will often perform spinal surgery of the neck on a patient that has diabetes. That being said, diabetic patients tend to be "sicker" than the average person and have more medical problems putting them at increased risk for peri-operative medical and surgical complications. Thank you. ...Read more
Would it be safe to have neck surgery if you have a venous anginoma in which doctors don't know cause and won't do anything until it gets acute?
Will delaying neck surgery for only pain affect recovery If I do have surgery later? Conservative care has not helped, but don't really want surgery.
U have a significant: Surgical history in your neck with arthritis and DJD. You need to see a specialist to stabilize this before contemplating any more surgery! Surgery is not the answer if you are still having neck problems! It may not even be from your neck? It may be wise to get a 2nd opinion from a neuromusculoskeletal pain specialsit (NMM), or osteopathic physician, a D.O. to evaluate and treat w/o meds. Try it! ...Read more
A narrow spine canal: Spinal stenosis is when the spine's canal is too narrow for nerve tissue, in the neck that is the spinal cord &/or nerves. Symptoms can be none to a pinched nerve to cord compression known as myleopathy. Surgical prognosis depends on severity of the stenosis, number of levels involved as well as type of neurologic issues present & if there are any cord changes by MRI as well as the surgical type. ...Read more
Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes and if it does not get better, you should be checked. Some simple causes can include complaints related. To how you were positioned for your surgery, fluid retention with your surgery, medication reactions or even related to neurologic complaint from swelling around your cervical spine cord postoperatively. An exam can usually determine the cause. Thank you. ...Read more
If my mom is about to have serious neck surgery on spinal discs 7, 8 & 9, are there chances her dying?
7: To answer your question you need to go back and discuss with your mother the exact level of her cervical problems. There are only '7' cervical vertebrae. There is no # 8 & 9. ...Read more
Does anyone know, after neck surgery, any after effects, such as headaches, hurting shoulders, numbness etc?
Hi I just had cervical neck surgery a week and a half ago. How can I clean my incision? I have some dried blood and would like to clean it.
Depends: In my patients who have cervical spinal surgery, I use resorb able sutures and derma bond glue to close the incision. You can then use soap and water or hydrogen peroxide or an alcohol swab to clean the incision. You probably should check with your surgeon. Thank you for your question. ...Read more
If you had dengreative a and told you needed neck surgery would you do surgery when MRI says siginifit nerve imperment on C5 and wants to fuse it?
I had neck surgery with general anesthesia 5 months ago. I recently went back to work and am finding I just can't seem to focus & concentrate. Normal?
I had neck surgery a week ago. Removing artrosis from the vertebrae because the nerves and bonemarrow got stuck the past 5 months. Still lots of pain!
Hang in there!: In general, neck surgery is pretty successful for the condition you are describing, but it may take more than just one week until you feel the benefit. Hang in there! You probably will feel dramatically better over the next 2-4 weeks. If you pain is severe though, let your surgeon know just so he can do a postop checkup to rule out a complication. ...Read more
Neck surgery on 6/11/14 with plates and screws, throats still numb and choke on food is this normal?
Possibly: If the surgery was done through the front of your neck, some numbness can result and should get better over time. Difficulty swallowing is less common. See your surgeon. You might need a swallowing study to evaluate. For now, chew carefully and eat soft foods to avoid choking. Aspirating food or liquid can cause pneumonia, so use extra care and don't delay seeing your doctor. ...Read more
ENT & Head and Neck: Also known as otolaryngology, this medical specialty deals with the diagnosis and (medical & surgical) management of diseases of the ears, nose, mouth, throat, neck, sinuses, voice box and face. Some areas of expertise in otolaryngology include voice and swallowing problems, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, allergy, hearing and balance disorders, nasal and sinus disorders, sleep apnea. ...Read more
Varies: Titanium is used in many spinal implants used in neck surgery. It is quite inert and unusual to have a reaction to and is also very MRI compatable. In the neck titanium is used to produce many of the plates, screws, and even cages used to fix the cervical spine. Titanium can be used in a relatively pure form or can be used in conjunction with other materials as well, thank you for the question. ...Read more
What kind of surgery: There are many kinds of neck surgery. Death from "major" cervical spine surgery is rare, <<<1% in young to 1% in the elderly. Death from complication of the actual surgery is rare & more likely to be from a cardiac complication, stroke, blood clot, pneumonia, anesthesia, & allergic reaction. Your surgeon works with a good eri-operative team to keep risk of serious complications close to nil. ...Read more
Depends what surgery: Most of the common neck surgery require very brief time to recover, will go home same day or next day some like radical neck resection, laryngectomy (removal of voice box) will take wks even months as they require extensive post op rehabilitation, like voice training stomal care etc ...Read more
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