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Spinal Fusion Surgery Causes Nerve Damage
Yes: Failed back surgery syndrome ihappens in up to 1/3 of back surgery (and neck surgery patients). Injury to nerves during surgery happens in some of these cases. ...Read more
A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more
I recently had a spinal fusion of the L1, 3, 3 and Iwas sent home in a diaper I was told that I have sever nerve damage. Can I ever get out of diapers?
An approach: Hard to fully answer based upon information provided, as the anatomy does not fully explain what has occurred. However, if this involves only urinary function, see a urologist. If also bowel problems, see a gastroenterologist. Multiple therapeutic avenues exist, and would recommend hope. ...Read more
After I had a spinal fusion I lost all control of my bladder how can I cope with wearing diapers 24 / 7 at age 29. with sever nerve damage.
I had a spinal fusion years ago. Now I have pain and cannot grip with my right hand. I also get right side numbness. Could it be nerve damage?
Grip weakness: If the fusion was done years ago, and everything was ok for a while, there is probable no damage... A new problem could be coming from the levels above- or below the past surgery area, so it would be best to go back to your surgeon, or find a new doctor if the past physician is not available. New images with possibly a ct or MRI might be needed to find the cause; maybe a neurologist needs to help. ...Read more
After spinal fusion surgery I still have the pain in my hip which was caused by a blocked nerve its been a month since the surgery.
It varies: It varies from person to person, perhaps depending on the severity of the pressure, the time the nerve has been compressed, the amount of inflammation, and other variables. Some are blessed with immediate relief. For others, it take take a month or so for the pain to subside. Sometimes anti-inflammatory medicine may help speed the healing, but ask your doctor before taking or if no relief. ...Read more
Neuropathy: Bilateral peroneal mononeuropathies are commonly seen in patients with mononeuritis multiplex secondary to diabetes, polyarthritis nodosa, nutritional deficiencies, and critical illness polyneuropathy. Bilateral and symmetrical presentation rises the possibility of lumbar radiculopathies or lumbar stenosis. Neuroimaging like MRI and electrophysiological studies like EMG and nerve conduction study could help in sorting this out. ...Read more
Can drop foot be caused be a complication after a.Spinal Fusion surgery nine weeks ago and how will the drop foot heal?
Mother had spinal fusion where the doctor freed compressed nerves. It was a very extensive surgery. Its only been 5 days since surgery but she's numb only in her waist and cant hold her pee or poop. Could swelling pressed that nerve? Or permanent?
Surgery complication: With any surgery, there is the risk of complications. Some of possible complications are anesthesia complications, bleeding, blood clots, lung complications, infection, persistent pain, hardware failure, implant migration, nerve injury, spinal cord injury, sexual dysfunction. ... ...Read more
Peripheral neuropathy symptoms in l4&l5 post l5&s1 spinal fusion. Is there any chance of these symptoms going away?
Post lami syndrome: Depending on when you had your fusion, this may be post laminectomy syndrome. Scar tissue can form, causing pain in associated areas. Peripheral neuropathy does not follow a specific nerve root. That is radiculopathy. You can try medicines for neuropathic pain such as gabapentin. If you had a recent fusion (. ...Read more
Many types: There are many types of spinal fusions. For more information, check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more
Assuming that you: Are fully healed and rehabilitated you should try to avoid any activities that involve combined repetitive flexion and rotation like racquet sports and golf. Heavy contact sports are not advisable like rugby or tackle football. If asking in post op period, this is dependent on type and extent of fusion as well as your health/ conditioning including your diagnosis----your surgeon will guide you. ...Read more
Varies: Varies on the type of fusion & approach, number of levels, whether you are a smoker, your overall fitness & condition as well as health & you age. The size of your surgical incision plays a role especially if minimally invasive or not & the underlying reason for your surgery in the first place as to it's success rate in relieving pain if that was one of the reasons for the surgery to begin with. ...Read more
A type of spine: Surgery where implants which are usually several screws that attach to the bones of the spine and are then interconnected over one or more levels with usually a pair of metal rods -this is the instrumentation. A fusion is a healing together of two or more spine bones or vertebra with the use of bone material or synthetic substitutes. ...Read more
First, need to asses: Your medical status to optimize your outcome which will include a variety of medical tests. By not smoking 6 weeks before surgery you can significantly reduce complications if a smoker. Bathing with special soap preop can reduce risk of infection and being tested for staph with a nose culture. Eat well and avoid any blood thinning products. Be educated about post op course and surgery! ...Read more
Assuming that you: Are fused ; rehabilitated just avoid activities that involve combined repetitive flexion ; rotation ie. Racquet sports ; golf. Heavy contact sports are not advisable like rugby or tackle football. If asking in post op period, this is dependent on type and extent of fusion as well as your health/ conditioning including your diagnosis----your surgeon will guide you. Otherwise your life should be ok. ...Read more
Psychologic eval: If you are having significant anxiety before a spinal fusion you should tell your surgeon. He may recommend a psychologic evaluation before proceeding with an elective spinal fusion. Being in a good state of mind before surgery will help you have a better postoperative experience and outcome. ...Read more
Depends on job: 6weeks got sedentary jobs 3 months or longer for demanding jobs. ...Read more
I have had two lumbar spinal fusion surgeries and need another surgery due to narrowing of holes. What alternatives due I have?
Second Opinion: Quite young to have had 2 elective spine surgeries -- both being fusions. Begs the question, what was the original problem (s). It is always a good thing to seek a second opinion to have a different set of eyes look over everything. Why do you "need another surgery." that is, what is your symptoms? Have you had appropriate non-surgical treatments; they could likely give you great relief. ...Read more
I had major back surgery on january 6 the replace three disc and spinal fusion I'm doing pt how long will it take for me to get my energy back?
Back surgery: This answer depends on many factors. Your doctor is the one that knows your exact situation and can answer your questions. ...Read more
I had spinal fusion surgery in Oct. Of 2016. Symptoms have returned 5 months out. Recent MRI states probable uncovertebral degenerative disease?
Spondylitis. Chck RF: The uncovertebral joints are between the vertebra in the neck (cervical vertebra) C3-C7. Degenerative disease refers to arthritis; arthritis in the spine is called spondylitis. When you have so many symptoms & joints affected, rheumatoid arthritis is a consideration; hence, checking RF (rheumatoid factor)- a blood test- is a good start. Arthritis can be progressive. Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD. ...Read more
How long ago?: This depends on how long it has been since the fusion surgery. Normal postoperative pain may last for weeks or months. Continued, severe pain many months or years after fusion surgery may indicate several possible problems, such as failure of the bones to fuse, recurrent nerve compression or a new problem at another level of the spine. This should be evaluated with x-rays, a ct scan or an mri. ...Read more
Depends if it: Is necessary. If you are having motor weakness or instability of the spine, then it is beneficial. If you are not, then follow up on other options as these surgeries, when not indicated, more often then not trade pain at one level for pain at the next level from the fusion. These surgeries can lead to pain if not needed, so make sure it is absolute necessary before moving ahead. ...Read more
Best shape possible: It is important to be in the best pre-operative health possible to give yourself the best chance of getting a good result. This includes losing weight. It is sometimes difficult to exercise and diet when one has spine related pain. Talk to your surgeon to layout a plan to help get you to lose weight and get in the best shape possible. ...Read more
Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more
Surgery to cause two or more spine segments to be joined together through a growth of bone initiated by the placement of bone tissue or graft taken from the patient or from a donor source or even a manufactured source which could include: bone growth proteins and particulate structures that act as scaffolds for bone to grow on and may include implants or instrumentation ...Read more
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