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Spinal Stenosis Surgery Recovery Time
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
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
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 have spinal stenosis, balance problems and need a cane to walk? I have fallen twice, once i broke my wrist. I am now going for physical therapy (3 times) and see no results so far. Could i go for laproscopic surgergy?
Depends: Balance problems from cervical stenosis should be adressessed by a spine surgeon before other elective procedures not as impt if lumbar stenosis depends on where the stenosis is , two falls from balance problems from lumbar stenosis dosent sound right maybe your falls are from a foot drop? If your balance issues are from cervical stenosis therapy wont help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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