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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Spine Surgery (Overview)

This is surgery to treat disorders of the spine. It may be a discectomy, laminectomy, or fusion. Fusion surgery usually means using special plates and screws whic typically stay in permanently. Many of these procedures can be performed using minimally invasive techniques.


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What is spine surgery fusion?

What is spine surgery fusion?

Spine Stabilization : Spine fusion surgery locks adjacent vertebral segments together permanently. Except in the neck, it should be reserved for patients with symptomatic instability of the spine (i.e. Fracture, severe deformity, slipped vertebra pinching a nerve). In the neck, because the surgical approach to treat a pinched nerve is often through a disk, fusion without significant instability is appropriate. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
239 doctors shared insights

Spine Surgery (Overview)

This is surgery to treat disorders of the spine. It may be a discectomy, laminectomy, or fusion. Fusion surgery usually means using special plates and screws whic typically stay in permanently. Many of these procedures can be performed using minimally invasive techniques.


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Who makes a good candidate for spine surgery?

Who makes a good candidate for spine surgery?

Failed Conservative: The majority of patients with spine pain improve spontaneously given time and/or conservative treatment with exercise, weight loss, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, pain management, and/or yoga. Only a small minor minority of patients end up needing surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
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Spine surgery (Tip)

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

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Living with Spine Curvature (Checklist)

stretch the spine
daily
Low impact aerobics excercise
every other day
Take NSAIDS/Relaxants as needed
once
Maintain idealbody weight
daily
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How risky is minimally invasive spine surgery?

How risky is minimally invasive spine surgery?

Depends: It depends on exactly what is being done, your surgeon's experience and training, your size and medical condition, the type of condition being treated. All surgery has risks. Mis can reduce some risks, but may increase other. Have a frank discussion with the surgeon recommending the procedure. ...Read more

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What preparation can you do before a spine surgery?

Ask your Surgeon: for guidance. Depends on the exact type of surgery. But you will want to stay away from blood thinners, nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Minimize use of narcotic medication to bare minimum. If you smoke, stop smoking. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Spine surgery (Tip)

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

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How long does it take to recover from spine surgery?

Varies: It varies tremendously. Some of the minimally invasive surgeries that we do have little if any down time. Other, much more extensive spinal surgeries may have recoveries that extend to several months. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Could disc pain be solved without lumber spine surgery?

Could disc pain be solved without lumber spine surgery?

Yes: Strengthening the muscles around the spine to support it is the first step. Time also often allows the pain to decrease. Sometimes an epidural injection may be indicated as well to help nerve associated pain. Also the majority of disc herniations get better over time. A physiatrist is the best person to guide the non-surgical treatments. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi Dr. Niazi
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Spine surgery (Tip)

Move it, move it - post surgery/injury. Best outcome. ...See more

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After spine surgery is there a chance of being in pain?

After spine surgery is there a chance of being in pain?

Yes: There will be pain from the surgery itself. Depending on the extent of the procedure this pain can last for days to a few months. Spine pain is not the best clinical indication for surgery. Many who proceed with surgery for back pain only may see some improvement in their pain, but should not expect complete resolution. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: spine surgery?

What is the definition or description of: spine surgery?

Spine surgery: This is surgery to treat disorders of the spine. It may be a discectomy, laminectomy, or fusion. Fusion surgery usually means using special plates and screws whic typically stay in permanently. Many of these procedures can be performed using minimally invasive techniques. ...Read more

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Dr. Boris Aronzon Dr. Aronzon
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Spine surgery (Tip)

Pre- surgery physical therapy sometimes helps with faster recovery. ...See more

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Can you tell me how flexible will i be after spine surgery?

Can you tell me how flexible will i be after spine surgery?

Varies: It varies tremendously based upon the nature of your problem and the surgery recommended. Some surgeries can increase the flexibility of the spine, while others can severely restrict it; such as for example comparing a fusion with an artificial disc replacement. I would definitely discuss any questions/concerns you might have with your surgeon before surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Stan Lee Dr. Lee
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Are there ever good outcomes for people having spine surgery?

Dr. Stan Lee Dr. Lee
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Are there ever good outcomes for people having spine surgery?

Yes: Along with total knee and total hip replacement, routine spine surgeries are amongst the most successful surgeries in orthopaedics when done in the right circumstances. Be sure to select a surgeon who can thoroughly communicate all of the details, risks and benefits of surgery prior, so that an educated, informed decision can be made in whether or not to proceed. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Long Dr. Long
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Spine surgery (Tip)

Be aware that there are specialists in all areas these days. This applies to rehabilitation from surgery or injuries as well. I would advise you to seek out the experts and then let their advice become your routine. Time and space separate you from whatever initiated the damage. Focus on what you have and then go from there. Some of us will pass through life without splitting a toenail. Most of the rest of us are not so lucky. ...See more

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Do insurance companies discriminate you if you have a spine surgery?

Do insurance companies discriminate you if you have a spine surgery?

Depends: It varies somewhat and is also controversial. Some companies will have a preexisting clause to avoid coverage of preexisting back problems for a period of time. I have even seen patients who could get insurance only if they would agree to a "cut out" that any future spine problems would not be covered secondary to their previous surgery. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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How can I keep from having problems with my spine after spine surgery?

How can I keep from having problems with my spine after spine surgery?

Follow instructions: The postoperative protocols vary tremendously based upon the nature of spinal surgery performed. You would certainly make sure you know, understand and follow your surgeons instructions following surgery. Some patients start to feel better after their surgery and then do things they should not, this can cause complications and so compliance is important. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Spine surgery (Tip)

When can pt start after surgery/injury? How many weeks are helpful? Does pt fax progress note to doc. ...See more

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How will I know if i'm a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery?

Depends: Minimally invasive spine surgery aims to achieve the same goals as standard surgery, just with less tissue damage. A lot depends on the actual problem and the experience of the surgeon. There is definitely a learning curve and the initial results show more complications with minimally invasive surgery. A good compromise might be "less" invasive but still maximally effective surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery (Definition)

An orthopedic surgeon who further specializes in the ...Read more