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

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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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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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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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Pain from spine surgery years after 3 failed back surgeries. I also have spinal stenosis, spinal fusions, fibromyalgia, severe scar tissue, bad hip?

Pain from spine surgery years after 3 failed back surgeries. I also have spinal stenosis, spinal fusions, fibromyalgia, severe scar tissue, bad hip?

Stimulator may help: If you're still having pain after your 3 failed spine surgeries you could benefit from a spinal cord stimulator. I have seen many people helped tremendously by this implantable device. Find someone reputable and they may be able to help. ...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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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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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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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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Stenosis (Definition)

Constriction or narrowing of something - duct, artery, passage way such as the outlet of the stomach into the small ...Read more


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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

A condition in which there is a narrowing of the spaces within the spine, which can put pressure ...Read more