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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

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

A medical condition in which the openings where the 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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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

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Review of options to treat spinal stenosis shows that laser surgery is best with 90 per cent cure and no down time after. Thoughts.

Review of options to treat spinal stenosis shows that laser surgery is best with 90 per cent cure and no down time after. Thoughts.

No: Laser surgery has not been shown to be a long term solution to spinal stenosis in randomized controlled clinical trials. I would not recommend this for my patients nor for a family member. ...Read more

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I have been three times in the spine surgery spinal stenosis incl. Why do I fall down a lot? Claudia

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 more

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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?

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 won't help. ...Read more

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Does only surgery help ls spinal stenosis?

No: No, there are many good non operative treatments available. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...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?  

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 more

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

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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Do they do robotic surgery for spinal stenosis?

Yes: Yes, some surgeries for spinal stenosis include doing some form of fusion. In those surgeries, instrumentation is often implanted in the spine. Robotic surgeries are now available to help with placing instrumentation in the spine. ...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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What is spinal stenosis & what is prognosis after neck surgery for it?

What is spinal stenosis & what is prognosis after neck surgery for it?

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 more

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How do I treat spinal stenosis and 3 bulging discs without surgery effectively?

How do I treat spinal stenosis and 3 bulging discs without surgery effectively?

/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 more

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Does lumbar spinal stenosis require surgery?

Does lumbar spinal stenosis require surgery?

Depends: If the symptoms aren't bad then I generally do not recommend surgery. If someone can't walk a block and has failed physical therapy and epidural steroids, surgery can be helpful. ...Read more

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Lumbar spinal stenosis -- do I have to have surgery to correct this?

No: Surgery for spinal stenosis is only needed in symptomatic patients that have failed all conservative measures. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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Am I facing back surgery? Spinal stenosis. Radiculopathy. Osteoarthritis and degenerative spondylolthisethis

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

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Spinal Stenosis with myleopathy surgery two years ago. I now have bouts of dizziness and balance issues. What should I do?

Spinal Stenosis with myleopathy surgery two years ago. I now have bouts of dizziness and balance issues. What should I do?

MaybeMayBeNotRelated: It may or may not be related to surgery.But it is a good idea to find out. So to start with consult your Primary Care Physician and after evaluation he/she may order tests to find the cause of your dizziness and balance issue. So that appropriate treatment/therapy can be ordered ...Read more

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I had spinal stenosis surgery five years back with metal implants with screws, is above implants permanent or to be removed at later stage?

I had spinal stenosis surgery five years back with metal implants with screws, is above implants permanent or to be removed at later stage?

Permanent: Permant there if appropriately placed there comes to be no good reason to remove them their removal will not relieve backpain they can and should stay in. ...Read more

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I would like to know opinions about what kind of surgery to have on my lumbar spine. I have spinal stenosis and a couple of herniated discs.

Spinal surgery: The most common surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis is laminectomy which removes bone from the spine to remove pressure from the nerves. Depending on your particular imaging studies and symptoms you may need something different such as discectomy or fusion. ...Read more

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Numbness and tingling anterior lower left leg 9 months after spinal stenosis surgery?

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

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Neurologist said I have spinal stenosis. Referred to neurosurgeon. Is there a route to treatment other than surgery? At 70 surgery not inviting.

Neurologist said I have spinal stenosis. Referred to neurosurgeon. Is there a route to treatment other than surgery? At 70 surgery not inviting.

Yes: Spinal stenosis can be treated conservatively with physical therapy and lumbar epidural steroid injections. Your spine specialist can thoroughly evaluate you and help coordinate conservative care if appropriate. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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Pain in front top portion of legs from knees up after walking relieved when sitting. Had surgery for spinal stenosis 15 months ago with relief.

Pain in front top portion of legs from knees up after walking relieved when sitting. Had surgery for spinal stenosis 15 months ago with relief.

Muscle strain: Male just over one year post-surgery for spinal stenosis has bilateral pain in quads w. walking. Quads are major muscles supporting upright posture & likely deconditioned from the procedure. Aquatherapy & tai chi might benefit muscle tonification. Massage for muscle spasm post-exercise. Vertebral neural impingement & pain is usually greatest while seated, less while standing & least while lying. ...Read more

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Can back surgery work on spinal stenosis and cervcical and lumbar spondylosis?

Can back surgery work on spinal stenosis and cervcical and lumbar spondylosis?

Yes: Surgery can be very effective in treating symptoms arising from these issues. However, in most cases extensive nonsurgical treatment must be ineffective prior to considering surgery. ...Read more

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Can severe spinal stenosis in C5 with disk bulge and radiculopathy in arms go away without surgery?

Yes: You may try nsaid, oral steroids and an esi series, along with exercises. If the conservative care fails, then surgery may be nevessary. ...Read more

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Can a slipped disc cause anterior thigh and anterior lower leg pain I have had surgery for spinal stenosis with relief 15 mos ago?

Possibly: U need to see a neurologist. There are certain nerves that inner ate those areas. The nerves come thru the spinal chord and go to their designated areas. U need to see a neurologist so he can do some tests and narrow the problem down ...Read more

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I have spinal stenosis. Had a spinal fusion of the L1, L2, L3, to help the pain. Now have severe leg pian, bladder incontinence. Any surgery options?

I have spinal stenosis. Had a spinal fusion of the L1, L2, L3, to help the pain. Now have severe leg pian, bladder incontinence. Any surgery options?

Back pain: If someone is losing control of their bowel or bladder due to back problems they should go to the ER to be seen. Don't know what surgical options there are as I am Family Medicine - but would still go to ER. ...Read more

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I have spinal stenosis in both my cervical and lumbar spine, bulging discs, nerve abutment. Do you think surgery is a good option for me?

I have spinal stenosis in both my cervical and lumbar spine, bulging discs, nerve abutment. Do you think surgery is a good option for me?

Not based on this: Female age unknown has age-related spine changes noted on MRI. When MRI first invented "bulging" disks thought to be pain generators. Now, surgeons realize these can be red herrings. Some studies indicate only 10% back pain disorders benefitted by surgery. U.S. leads world in unnecessary back operations. Get second opinion. First try aquatherapy, yoga, massage, acupuncture, biofeedback, & etc. ...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


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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