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Doctor insights on: Spinal Decompression Surgery Recovery Time

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I am highy nervous about having spinal decompression and fusion surgery. Mostly about not waking up and fusion failure. Why shouldn't I be?

I am highy nervous about having spinal decompression and fusion surgery. Mostly about not waking up and fusion failure. Why shouldn't I be?

You are not alone: These are major surgeries which will take many hours and complications can occur, thus your emotion/fear is not uncommon. I am sorry to hear that this is something you are about to endure. I assume you have been suffering pain/disability for quite some time now? Talk to your family/friends. Discuss your concerns/fear with doc. There is no shame in doing that. I wish you the best of luck. ...Read more

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Decompression (surgery), a procedure used to treat spinal stenosis (in spinal decompression), carotid artery stenosis or any condition where a ...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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I had spinal decompression surgery a year ago and I am wondering if I can now go on roller coasters?

I had spinal decompression surgery a year ago and I am wondering if I can now go on roller coasters?

No: Spinal decompression is not a contraindication. You should be aware this when riding the roller coaster, there is a great deal of acceleration/ deceleration activity that could lead to 'whiplash ' type injuries. Make sure that you have good strong neck and core muscles, this at least will decrease the probability of a musculoligamentous injury. ...Read more

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Whats the maximum amount of time per day that one should use a spinal decompression table/chair?

Whats the maximum amount of time per day that one should use a spinal decompression table/chair?

Explanation: Time of decomposition depend on severity of condition you try to treat . Start from 15-20 min for first week and then increase for 30 min. ...Read more

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How can I do spinal decompression on myself?

Traction: Some people get an inversion table to mimic the effects of spinal traction or you can get a traction apparatus to try and decompress nerve elements. ...Read more

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Does spinal decompression really ?Work for anyone?

Surgical yes: If you were talking about spinal decompression using a vax the type machine, then i'm not convinced of that truly works in the long term. However if you have severe spinal stenosis then surgical decompression is very effective. ...Read more

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Will spinal decompression help hyper lordosis?

Possibly: I am not aware of any medical studies showing that spinal decompression will have a permanent effect on hyperlordosis. However, even if the spinal decompression does not actually straighten out the hyperlordosis, it may relieve the pain that you are experiencing. ...Read more

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How effective are the spinal decompression machines?

Variable results: Spinal decompression machines typically apply traction to the spine. This can be a very helpful modality to relieve pain radiating into the upper and lower extremities by temporarily "decompressing" the pinched nerves. Unfortunately, sometimes the relief is only temporary. ...Read more

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What can I expect from spinal decompression & fusion stenosis?

Relief of pain: Spinal decompression and fusion surgery is done for pain. The decompression should help mostly with pain in the extremities. It can also help with numbness and weakness. The fusion will help mostly with the axial midline pain such as neck or back pain. ...Read more

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Undergoing drx9000 spinal decompression for a moderately degenerated disc. I read that the machines can actually further disc damage? Is that true?

Second opinion: With any disc manipulation you want to second and third and so on opinion. You want to discuss this with a neurologist, a neurosurgeon, a pain specialist, a radiologist and so on. You only have one spine. ...Read more