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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.

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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.

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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.

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

What's 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Depends: If you mean getting into a machine and getting pulled into traction there is no good scientific data that supports this. It can be very expensive and insurance companies do not cover it.

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What is the success rate for spinal decompression therapy?

What is the success rate for spinal decompression therapy?

Since 90% of disc: Herniations get better over time without surgery, anyone can claim a 90% success rate including this spinal decompression therapy so don't spend any money on it!

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Could spinal decompression fix a bulging disk?

Could spinal decompression fix a bulging disk?

Maybe: Some chiropractors use a machine to apply traction to the spine and they call this "decompressioin." the scientific data is not robust so far and I don't believe any insurance companies cover the treatment which can be expensive. Some patients swear that it was helpful while others not so... "caveat emptor".

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What is the effectiveness of spinal decompression non-surgical treatment?

Limited: It is a form of traction using a machine to pull on the spine, somewhat like pulling on two ends of a rope. It can give temporary relief of neck, back, arm, or leg pain. For mild cases, it might be effective. The problem of proving effectiveness is the variability of spinal problems among sufferers, and the tendency for some to get better with time (regardless or in spite of treatment).

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How's spinal decompression done?

How's spinal decompression done?

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.

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Spinal decompression. How does it work?

Removing pressure: By removing pressure on the spinal cord (discs, tumors etc (the normal function restored provided there was no permanent damage done to the cord while under pressure.

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Who is a good candidate for spinal decompression?

Arm or leg pain: Assuming you mean surgical decompression, the best indications are arm pain (neck disk or bone spur) and leg pain (low back disk or bone spur). Besides pain, nerve pressure can cause muscle weakness, numbness, or tingling.

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What is "spinal decompression" and how does it work?

What is "spinal decompression" and how does it work?

Do not waste your: Money on a repackaged form of traction. If you want to try something that you can own for a fraction of the price, try an inversion table. There is no scientific literature that supports any spinal decompression system. Bulging discs are not abnormal and herniated disc symptoms may be temporarily decreased with traction.

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My friend has just had a spinal decompression. When will it be safe for him to fly?

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.

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