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How should I sleep after back surgery?

How should I sleep after back surgery?

However is : Comfortable generally avoiding sleeping on your stomach for neck or back surgery. Some prefer having a pillow under their knees or a large pillow to use and hold if lying on either side with a relatively flat pillow to support the head keeping it in line with the shoulders. ...Read more

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I had back surgery 4 yrs ago for scitica but recently my legs get stiff while sitting, driving and sleeping causing burning and sweat in my legs?

I had back surgery 4 yrs ago for scitica but recently my legs get stiff while sitting, driving and sleeping causing burning and sweat in my legs?

Repeat lumbar MRI: You probably had a laminotomy i would guess. The symptoms, eg. Stiffness burning sweating, are atypical for lumbar radiculopathy. Repeat lumbar MRI with contrast to rule out another stenosis situation. Treatment would be an anti-inflammatory like Motrin for 1 month and re-assess. ...Read more

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I am 50 I have had 7 back surgeries and i don't take any med i don't sleep can u help?

I am 50 I have had 7 back surgeries and i don't take any med i don't sleep can u help?

Don't take any : Caffeine, avoid watching tv or computers at night and avoid rigorous exercise at night as well. If need an over the counter solution , try some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) since it can cause sedation. ...Read more

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How painful is back surgery typically?

How painful is back surgery typically?

Depends on type &: This can be as simple as a needle stick type procedure to endoscopic or other minimally invasive techniques which can be done under conscious sedation to microdisectomy lumbar or cervical under general anesthesia but home the same day to anterior cervical disectomy & fusion done same day too. You go home on pain pills .Orher surgeries can be more extensive requiring 1-7 night stay in hospital. ...Read more

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Is back surgery safer today than before?

Generally very safe: Spine surgery has come a long way in the last 20 years. Most spine problems, fortunately do not require surgery so by all means try conservative, non-surgical options first. ...Read more

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When is back surgery typically recommended?

When is back surgery typically recommended?

Last resort or: When conservative treatments (pt, meds, injections, other) have failed and there is a structural problem causing disabling back and leg symptoms. Severe /progressive leg weakness, numbness and or loss of bowel and bladder control are urgent indicators for surgery. ...Read more

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What are good alternatives to back surgery?

What are good alternatives to back surgery?

Many: As long as imaging studies don't show disc problems ( along with numbness nor weakness ) then acupuncture, stretching, massage, and heat are some of the alternatives to back surgery. ...Read more

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Roman chair after back surgery, is this okay?

Roman chair after back surgery, is this okay?

That depends on the: Type of surgery you had and what outcome you have as well as your overall physical condition currently . You would need to speak to your surgeon as to specifics but once healed and recovered exercise in terms of cardio, core stabilization and flexibility are recommended. ...Read more

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Why I can't have back surgery when I need it?

Why I can't have back surgery when I need it?

Need to talk: to surgeon, if you need surgery and no contraindications you will receive it ...Read more

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Has anyone here had back surgery? Whats recovery like

Has anyone here had back surgery? Whats recovery like

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

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Any surg that enters the muscles & beyond. Usually means involving work on the bone structurs disks r considered back surgery. They include a multitude of procedures. 2 ...Read more


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