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Spinal Decompression Surgery Recovery Time
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes with the : Yes, once cleared by surgeon, there should be no issues. The clearance is mainly to see that there are no post op issues like wound healing issue or infection, a lung issue including pneumonia or urinary issue including infection. Carrying or lifting baggage may be restricted for several weeks based on extent of surgical incision. If you are talking about a traction treatment, there is no issue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgical: If you have spinal stenosis that require surgery, then a laminectomy is usually the type of surgery that would resolve the tightness. If you have a room that is full of people, and you want to make the room bigger you take the roof off. Essentially the lamina is the roof of the spinal canal and this can be removed to make more room for the spinal nerve elements. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Yes: There are definite case reports of patients who have medium sized disc bulges that have healed over time without surgery and with good physical therapy including spinal decompression tables. ...Read more
Not validated : I am assuming that you are referencing the use of spinal decompression tables. These are suppose to work by relieving pressure &/or reducing intradiscal pressure & thereby reducing the size of disc protrusions/herniation. Today there simply are no studies of good quality to support these claims. Further objective studies are needed. At present there are few complications associated, except expense. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can be effective: Spinal decompression therapy can be very effective if your lower back arthritis is mild to moderate. Unfortunately, as the arthritic problem of the lower back gets beyond moderate, most patients don't respond very well to decompression tables, physical therapy, or meds. It is in these situations that surgery is mostly used. ...Read more
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