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Can anyone have "nerve damage" pain after a past spinal fusion surgery?

Can anyone have "nerve damage" pain after a past spinal fusion surgery?

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

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

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

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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?

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

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Living with Neuropathy (Checklist)

Exercise
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Manage pain
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Try gait and balance training
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Take medications as directed
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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.

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.

Residual lat. recess: Spine surgeon follow up. May need MRI to look at the lareral recesses of the spinal canal where a nerve may still be pinched. ...Read more

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Can spinal surgery cause nerve damage?

Can spinal surgery cause nerve damage?

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

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Living with Neuropathy (Checklist)

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How long after decompression/spinal fusion surgery should nerve pain normally continue?

How long after decompression/spinal fusion surgery should nerve pain normally continue?

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

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Can drop foot be caused be a complication after a.Spinal Fusion surgery nine weeks ago and how will the drop foot heal?

Can drop foot be caused be a complication after a.Spinal Fusion surgery nine weeks ago and how will the drop foot heal?

Yes: It fan be a complication of surgery especially if it is a new issue. Speak with your surgeon and have it reevaluated as soon as possible. This is not a good situation. ...Read more

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Living with Neuropathy (Checklist)

Treat with a rehabilitation professional who can coordinate your care.
4x year
If you are having difficulty with handling things, treat with an OT.
monthly
If you are having trouble walking or balancing, treat with a PT.
monthly
If you are having trouble with pain, see your doctor; avoid opioids.
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Can spinal fusion surgery cause bilateral peroneal neuropothy?

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

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Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

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

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Fusion (Definition)

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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