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Spinal Stenosis Surgery Recovery
This is dependent on: Several factors including one's health status & physical conditioning, any associated instability of the spine, whether obese &/or a smoker, any underlying diabetes or neuropathy, evidence of any peripheral vascular disease-but in general, when indicated appropriately , 85% success rate --generally 6-8 week recovery depending on number of levels involved in spine that has not had any prior surgery. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Spine surgery: This is a surgery performed by spine surgeons that helps relieve the pressure on the spine depending on the level of the stenosis the symptoms will be different because different nerves come off at different levels of the spinal cord. Therefore, the best is to be evaluated by a spine surgeon who can go into more detail about the severity and intervention required. ...Read more
Last Resort: Yes, surgery is recommended after you fail conservative non-surgical treatments -- including nsaids, pt, epidural injections. If you continue to have persisting symptoms, then surgery could offer some great symptomatic relief of your extremity symptoms. Consult a spine surgeon. Also surgery if you start experiencing progressive neurological deficit, or changes in your bowel or bladder function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variety: A variety based upon the specifics of the case. Most surgeries can be categorized as either doing an indirect decompression of the spinal canal, or doing a direct decompression, or found a decompression and fusion. Don't hesitate to discuss the specifics of your case with a specialist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A too narrow spine : Spinal stenosis is defined aa too small a spinal canal in which one finds the nerve tissues conpressed. In the neck, this can place pressure on the spinal cord and/ or nerves, there are several types of surgery for this depending on the number of spine levels involved and whether there is severe degeneration, instability or deformity with it. Outcomes are generally good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a slipped disk and spinal stenosis. They want me to have surgery. What does this consist of?
Ask Surgeon.: Always best to run these questions by your operating surgeon. He/she will know exactly what is planned; keep in mind, that different surgeons may do things differently. Also best to be well-informed about the potential risk/complications associated with the planned procedure. Educate yourself about success rates and make sure you have enough help during your recovery period. Best wishes. ...Read more
Easy question: It's YOUR call. The best way to handle this (surgery for low back/sciatica pain works the same) is to keep following conservative measures (meds, aquatherapy/PT, thermal therapy, etc.) until as Popeye says, "I caint takes it no more!" Pain, numbness/tingling will drive you to the point where you'll be PLEADING for the surgeon. Then, it's time. Weakness/atrophy in Upper Extremities? - Do it NOW. ...Read more
A narrow spine canal: Spinal stenosis is when the spine's canal is too narrow for nerve tissue, in the neck that is the spinal cord &/or nerves. Symptoms can be none to a pinched nerve to cord compression known as myleopathy. Surgical prognosis depends on severity of the stenosis, number of levels involved as well as type of neurologic issues present & if there are any cord changes by MRI as well as the surgical type. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
/Do nothing : Usually if found by imaging may be an incidental finding if seen for back pain without any stenosis symptoms ie leg pain or numbness/tingling with standing/walking & better sitting or bending over- otherwise you may just have mechanical back pain that will do ok with exercise, weight control, avoiding tobacco and good sleep habits . The same can said for stenosis with +/-meds & epidural shots. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Review of options to treat spinal stenosis shows that laser surgery is best with 90 per cent cure and no down time after. Thoughts.
I have been three times in the spine surgery spinal stenosis incl. Why do I fall down a lot? Claudia
Many possibilities: I assume your previous surgeries were lumbar. If you have weakness in your legs, this can lead to falls. In addition, it is pretty common for people with lumbar spinal stenosis to also have cervical spinal stenosis. This can cause myelopathy-pressure on the spinal cord. Myelopathy can cause unsteadiness of walking and frequent falls. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had spinal stenosis surgery five years back with metal implants with screws, is above implants permanent or to be removed at later stage?
Am I facing back surgery? Spinal stenosis. Radiculopathy . Osteoarthritis and degenerative spondylolthisethis
Depends: number of conservative treatments to try befote surgery. These include: therapy, injections, meds, etc. Please exhaust all of these before am operation. ...Read more
Is this a recurrence: Are these new symptoms or a recurrence from symptoms you had prior to surgery? Although we always hope for the most long lasting and optimal results following back surgery the reality is spinal canal stenosis is a chronic and progressive disease. Repeat surgeries are risky so be wary especially if the 1st surgery didn't "hold" after such a short period of time. ...Read more