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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Spinal Surgery (Overview)

Spinal surgery is the invasive treatment of the spine by a spinal surgeon, with cutting, removal of pathological tissues, stabilization of the spinal column or reconstruction of the spine for any necessary reason, benign or malignant, acute or chronic conditions.


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Risks of spinal surgery?

Risks of spinal surgery?

It varies: It varies tremendously based upon the nature of the surgery performed. Infection, spinal fluid leak, and nerve injuries are among the more common complications. If you are contemplating survey, you would sure want to have this conversation with your surgeon. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
157 doctors shared insights

Spinal Surgery (Overview)

Spinal surgery is the invasive treatment of the spine by a spinal surgeon, with cutting, removal of pathological tissues, stabilization of the spinal column or reconstruction of the spine for any necessary reason, benign or malignant, acute or chronic conditions.


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What is spinal surgery for?

What is spinal surgery for?

Depends: There are many different types of back surgery. This includes spinal fusion, lumbar disc replacement, open discectomy, as well as minimally invasive procedures. You should discuss specific questions with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Physical rehabilitation (Tip)

Physical rehabilitation

Surgery may be the best remedy for you but rehab is key. ...See more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
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Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
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Consider MRI to evaluate fracture
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How can I handle a spinal surgery?

How can I handle a spinal surgery?

Do some research : Ask your doctor for risks vs pros. Read up on the internet. Spinal surgery has become more accurate. my relative whos a Dr had spinal surgery and she was fine. The risks entail paralysis. Rehab is necessary for aftercare and time to get back into the normal routine and speed of your life. Ask for support and good luck! ...Read more

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What are some alternative to spinal surgery?

What are some alternative to spinal surgery?

Many alternatives: Spine surgery is only "needed" for progressing neuro deficits (weakness, balance probs etc) or instability such as from bad fractures. Otherwise, surgery is elective just like joint replacements. Pt, chiro, acupuncture, inversion tables/traction treatments, meds, injections are all options. Most importantly, a regular home exercise program is vital for any arthritic condition (back or otherwise). ...Read more

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Physical rehabilitation (Tip)

Physical rehabilitation

The key to healing, from a major surgery, is great nutrition. ...See more

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Managing Spinal Stenosis (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs for relief
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Get an Xray/MRI if not better in 6 weeks
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See a spine specialist if not better in 6 weeks
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How long does recovery take from spinal surgery?

How long does recovery take from spinal surgery?

Depends: This depends on the type of surgery ( fusion v laminectomy v disectomy), the number of levels involved, the approach ( open v minimally invasive), first time surgery v revision, your age, your health & your physical condition at the time of surgery as well as any complications. Your weight & nutritional status & smoking status play a role. Also the area of spine operated on makes a difference. ...Read more

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