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Vagus nerve stimulator implant follow up?

Vagus nerve stimulator implant follow up?

Please resubmit: Can you please be more specific with your question? It's not clear if you are asking whether you need a followup, or with whom, or have other questions. Please contact the doctor who implanted the stimulator if you have specific questions about your procedure, and YES, you need followup afterwards. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Implant (Definition)

An implant is a medical device manufactured to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure. Medical implants are man-made devices, in contrast to a transplant, which is ...Read more


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Will the tens device work for spinal fusion?

Will the tens device work for spinal fusion?

No: No, but a bone stimulator might. Nothing makes up for lousy carpentry so - pick your surgeon wisely. Are you sure that you got a problem fusion will fix (e.g. Spinal instability) ?. Vague symptoms ("back pain") rarely get better with fusions. The nerve decompression portion of the case needs to be handled well also (unusual for a 34 year old to need a fusion, double check on the indication ... ...Read more

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Spinal epidural block forpeople with disc extrusion?

Spinal epidural block forpeople with  disc extrusion?

Yes: It can be given in this situation but often times not preferable. The reason being, if the disc situation were to worsen during procedure positioning(ie, someone developes a neurologic deficit) it would be unclear as to what caused the deficit-the epidural or the disc. A laboring pregnant woman may receive an epidural, but the above situation and risks must be understood by patient. ...Read more

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Epidural possible a fused spine?

Epidural possible a fused spine?

Depends: This depends on what levels were fused and where your epidural needs to be placed to cover the pain post-operatively. For example if you were fused at l3-4, it would still be possible to perform an epidural above that level, however it may effect the spread of local anesthetic to the desired area, causing incomplete anesthesia. ...Read more

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Can heteropic ossification happen after surgery to have a spinal cord stimulator fitted?

Can heteropic ossification happen after surgery to have a spinal cord stimulator fitted?

Yes, but rare: Heterotopic ossification is bone formed in soft tissues from trauma -- from a bruise to an injection, to surgery of any kind. Bone forms in the healing cells that generally knit the soft tissues together -- SOFTLY! The hard bone formed can be painful, and is easily felt or seen on x-rays, as it contains calcium. Please see your doctor about this. If it doesn't bother, no treatment needed! ...Read more

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Need MRI interperation. Increased signal enhancing expansile spinal cord at c5/c6 and minimal extra medullara intradural/dural enhancement left ventralspinal canal c3/c4

Need MRI interperation.  Increased signal enhancing expansile spinal cord at c5/c6 and minimal extra medullara intradural/dural enhancement left ventralspinal canal c3/c4

Need iimages: Very difficult to interpret the meaning of that report without seeing the images, and without knowing why the study was obtained. Depending on severity, could be artifact (not significant). Transverse myelitis (inflammation of the cord) can also have such findings, but that would correlate with serious neurologic symptoms. Other conditions of the spinal cord also could cause such MRI findings. ...Read more

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Is incontinence permanent after spinal fushion surgery?

Is incontinence permanent after spinal fushion surgery?

Not always: Urine leakage can occur after spinal surgery. The surgeon should be consulted. They may refer to a urologist or urogynecologist. ...Read more

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Has anyone done a posterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery?

Has anyone done a posterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery?

Sure: This is a very good operation for the right patient. It provides both decompression and stabilization and has good results for the great majority of patients. ...Read more

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What are indications for spinal stimulation implant? I have cervical spondyl. and torn lumbar disc w/ degenerative disc disease. Tens unit helps.

What are indications for spinal stimulation implant? I have cervical spondyl. and torn lumbar disc w/ degenerative disc disease. Tens unit helps.

If surgery ,physical: thearpy , oral pain medications , epidural injections fails to give you a relief the next step would be spinal stimulation implant. ...Read more

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How can electrical bone growth stimulator help with spine fusion?

How can electrical bone growth stimulator help with spine fusion?

Perhaps: The basic science shows effectiveness, but its use in people has produced conflicting results. It may be useful if you are at risk for not healing a fusion. Some risk factors include tobacco use, prior failed attempts at fusion in the same area of your back, multiple level fusion. Talk to your doctor. Check to see if your insurance covers it. ...Read more

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What is posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation surgery?

What is posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation surgery?

A type of spine : Surgery where implants which are usually several screws that attach to the bones of the spine and are then interconnected over one or more levels with usually a pair of metal rods -this is the instrumentation. A fusion is a healing together of two or more spine bones or vertebra with the use of bone material or synthetic substitutes. ...Read more

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What spinal fusion surgery?

What spinal fusion surgery?

Joining bone togethe: A spinal fusion is a procedure used to join two spinal motion units together. It is designed to stop all motion of the motion segment. It may be performed with or without the usages of screws and rods. It is performed for spinal instability . It is like welding 2 pieces of metal together. ...Read more

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Is a dynatron sts machine available with an already implanted spinal cord stimulator?

Is a dynatron sts machine available with an already implanted spinal cord stimulator?

Confused: Are you asking is you can use the dynatron if you have a scs? You can use it, but i would turn the scs off while using the dynatron. The dynatron is used to treat sympathetic pain (like the scs). I would question why you needed it however, as it seems to me to be a duplication of therapy. ...Read more

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What is spinal decompression and spine fusion surgery?

What is spinal decompression and spine fusion surgery?

Different surgeries: Spinal decompression surgery is performed nerve root impingement-usually from bone or ligaments in the spinal canal or where the nerve roots exit-the neuroforamena. Generally called a laminectomy, it involves removing bone and ligament from the spine. A spinal fusion locks together two or more segments of the spine, usually with screws and rods. Bone is added as well to allow the bones to knit. ...Read more

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Does cervical fusion involve a bone graft? Is a bone graft used in cervical fusion? Could my body reject the graft? .

Does cervical fusion involve a bone graft? Is a bone graft used in cervical fusion? Could my body reject the graft?

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Sometimes: The common options include cadaver bone, a bone graft from your hip or synthetic spacers filled with bone or other bone growth substances. Rejection is very uncommon. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Is the spinal cord stymulator really been recalled?

Not all: Check your make and model and then consult the specific website for recall info. ...Read more

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Nerve damage after recent dental implants (Inferior Alveolar Nerve)?

Nerve damage after recent dental implants (Inferior Alveolar Nerve)?

Question ?: If you have damage, see the Surgeon. Sometimes this can be helped by removing the implant if it is impinging on the nerve or the proximal space. Sometimes it is inflammation and can be resolved with time and medication. See the Oral Surgeon and get a CT scan to evaluate. It is a risk and occasionally happens, but most often is resolved. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Spinal fusion back surgery recovery time?

4 months: Usually 4 months. Check out Spine-health.com.

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