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What is the recovery like for lumbar spinal stenosis surgery?

What is the recovery like for lumbar spinal stenosis surgery?

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 more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

Spinal stenosis is medical condition in which openings where nerves leave the spine are narrowed. As a result of the narrowed openings, nerves can get pinched off, leading to symptoms such as pain, ...Read more


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Does only surgery help ls spinal stenosis?

No: Most cases are treated without surgery with treatment including none at all to medication, bracing, exercise, physical therapy, pain management injections like epidurals to about 15% going to surgery. ...Read more

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What to do about surgery for spinal stenosis?

What to do about surgery for spinal stenosis?

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

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Is surgery recommended for severe spinal stenosis?

Is surgery recommended for severe spinal stenosis?

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 more

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What kinds of surgery are used for spinal stenosis? 

What kinds of surgery are used for spinal stenosis? 

Decompressive ones: You need to open up the spinal canal to free the nerve tissues. This can be done directly and in some cases indirectly when correcting deformities and disc height. Typical surgeries include: laminectomy with or without a fusion, laminoplasty, anterior cervical discetomies or corpectomies with fusion, xlif procedures and other types of similar surgeries done minimally invasive. ...Read more

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Do they do robotic surgery for spinal stenosis?

Do they do robotic surgery for spinal stenosis?

Other options: I agree with dr jones. There are, however, minimally invasive options to patients. You should talk with a pain physician or spinal surgeon and ask about the new mild procedure. ...Read more

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What is spinal stenosis of the neck & what is surgery like & prognosis afterwards?

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 more

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I have a slipped disk and spinal stenosis. They want me to have surgery. What does this consist of?

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

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When is it time to have surgery with Cervical Spinal Stenosis?

When is it time to have surgery with Cervical Spinal Stenosis?

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

Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


Dr. John Landi
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Stenosis (Definition)

Constriction or narrowing of something - duct, artery, passage way such as the outlet of the stomach into the small ...Read more