Doctor insights on: Surgical procedure to relieve symptoms of a ruptured disc

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I have one ruptured disc and two torn discs. Epidurals have never worked, is surgery my best chance for pain relief?

I have one ruptured disc and two torn discs. Epidurals have never worked, is surgery my best chance for pain relief?

Not necessarily: Surgery should be used if progressive nerve or spinal cord problems, and especially if bladder gets involved, but not the best idea to control pain, as postop scarring may make things far worse. A european study showed disc shrinkage at 9-10 months if no surgery. Try to learn mckenzie back exercises from a quality physical therapist, and consider starting your exercise in a pool first. ...Read more

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Dr. Pietro Seni
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Ruptured Disk (Definition)

Disc herniation have a spectrum from slight bulge to bulge to herniation to extrusion from low to higher severity. The rupture usually suggests extrusion - disc material going outside the disc itself and the material compressing a ...Read more


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What type of doctor does surgery on a ruptured disc?

What type of doctor does surgery on a ruptured disc?

Neuro or Ortho: Both neurosurgeons and fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeons treat spinal disorders. It is worth your time to learn about your surgeon before considering surgery. Hopefully, your primary care doctor can help to point you in the right direction. The most important thing to do is to make sure that the surgeon you choose has expertise in treating your problem. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my husband is goin for surgery for his ruptured disc in his neck. What's the name of the surgery where they do?

Should I be concerned if my husband is goin for surgery for his ruptured disc in his neck. What's the name of the surgery where they do?

Should already know?: If this is true, you should already know the answer to there questions. Why haven't you discussed this with any surgeon proposing surgery. Ask the surgeon these questions. The time to ask is before surgery. ...Read more

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How long after back surgery (ruptured disc) is it okay for a woman to resume sexual activities?

How long after back surgery (ruptured disc) is it okay for a woman to resume sexual activities?

Depends: A lot depends on the type and magnitude of the surgery, I would suggest waiting at least 4-6 weeks but look to your surgeon for specific guidance and consider being careful initially. ...Read more

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How long after back surgery (ruptured disc) should a woman wait to have sex?

How long after back surgery (ruptured disc) should a woman wait to have sex?

Depends: Your surgeon should be able to give you specifics, but generally the answer is 4-6 weeks (sooner for minor procedures, loner fr more invasive. It hurts, don't do it. You may need to search for a comfortable position, however, different positions may still be comfortable even after back surgery. ...Read more

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What is my best treatment for pinched nerves had a server ruptured disc in witch I had surgery had the eperldoral shots and have been on vicodin 2 ye?

What is my best treatment for pinched nerves had a server ruptured disc in witch I had surgery had the eperldoral shots and have been on vicodin 2 ye?

Many possibilities: There are many options after the treatment you have already received. You may consider another surgical opinion, repeating the epidural, confirming that there is still nerve damage from an emg/ncv test, and/or try other forms of treating nerve pain such as neuropathic pain medications or alternative treatments like acupuncture, . ...Read more

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When is surgery the best option for a ruptured disk?

When is surgery the best option for a ruptured disk?

Depend: Surgery for a ruptured or herniated disc may become necessary if there is associated radicular pain from an arm or leg and does not respond to a well directed conservative treatment program. There are emergent situations when surgery becomes the first option, i.e. Loss of bowel or bladder control. ...Read more

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I have to have surgery on a ruptured disk in my lower back. Any advice on types available?

I have to have surgery on a ruptured disk in my lower back. Any advice on types available?

Depend: Microdiscectomies (laminotomy) are performed to relieve radicular pain of an arm or leg. If your pain is "not bad" then I would recommend that you see your doctor and discuss treatment options such as oral steroids, nsaids, exercises, & possibly an epidural steroid injection series. Unless you bowel/bladder symptoms, surgery should be your last option. ...Read more

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Ruptured disk --alternatives to back surgery?

Ruptured disk --alternatives to back surgery?

Many options: Signs & symptoms are important to consider. Any signs of neurological compromise may warrant surgery.If pain is the main/only symptom then many options exist depending on location of pain; directional preference-based therapy, nsaids, oral steroids, neuromodulating medications, epidural injections (many types possible), or spinal cord stimulator. Talk to your local pain/spine doc about manyoptions. ...Read more

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I have 3 ruptured disk in my neck. I am trying to figure out if I should get surgery or stick with physical therapy?

I have 3 ruptured disk in my neck. I am trying to figure out if I should get surgery or stick with physical therapy?

Not enough info: Without knowing your specific symptoms, what an exam reveals and without seeing your mri, it is impossible to answer. ...Read more

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What are the surgical options for a ruptured disk in young healthy people?

What are the surgical options for a ruptured disk in young healthy people?

That depends: Many people have ruptured or herniated disks. Surgical intervention is based more on symptoms and failure of non-operative treatments. When clinical symptoms, physical findings, and test results all confirm disk disease, surgery is a good option. Cervical diskectomy and fusion is standard, lumbar disks can be removed with or without fusion. Disk replacement is also an option. ...Read more

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What does a ruptured disc in your back feel like what are the symptoms?

What does a ruptured disc in your back feel like what are the symptoms?

They vary: Typically when people refer to a ruptured disc they are describing pain from pressure on the root of one of the radicular nerves that emerge from either side of the spine at every vertebral level and sense pain from a particular area of the body. The most common are the sciatic nerves which serve each leg hence sciatica is pain shooting down one leg usually from disc pressure on the sciatic root. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of bulging discs and ruptured disc in the lumbar area?

Please explain what are some symptoms of bulging discs and ruptured disc in the lumbar area?

Many things: From point pain in the back, especially while coughing or sneezing, to radiating pain which suggests the disc is irritating a nerve. Many people have bulging discs and have no pain at all, where others are nearly disabled from the short term pain associated. Back pain is difficult to diagnose without a physical exam, but if you have increased pain with increased abdominal pressure, it may be disc. ...Read more

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How are the symptoms of a herniated disc different from those of a sequestrated/ruptured disc? Can herniated discs 'pop'?

How are the symptoms of a herniated disc different from those of a sequestrated/ruptured disc? Can herniated discs 'pop'?

Symptoms and terms: Many consider a ruptured disc and a herniated the same thing and use the terms interchangeably. A sequestered disc is a very large disc herniation. Where the disc itself is out of the disc space and behind the vertebral body above or below that level.
symptoms tend to be worse with large herniations but not always. Symptoms include leg pain with numbness and tingling ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a ruptured disk in the neck?

What are the symptoms of a ruptured disk in the neck?

Usually pain: Pain is most common & can be in the neck &/or arms, headaches up the back of the head, pain with coughing/sneezing, pain with head motion or with activity, pain with the arm hanging down but better. Across the chest or overhead, pain associated with numbness/tingling/weakness in arm (s), & even no pain at all as discs can herniate with no symptoms. There can be no pain but just neurologic issues. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a ruptured disk?

Pain / nerve symptom: Ruptured disc causes pain in the local area and may also impinge on a nerve which may cause pain or loss of function (motor or sensory) in the area supplied by that nerve. ...Read more

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What is narrowing of the spinal column, its atl4 L5 but have symptoms of a ruptured disk on outer thigh MRI as only 1 image attained clostrophobic?

What is narrowing of the spinal column, its atl4 L5 but have symptoms of a ruptured disk on outer thigh MRI as only 1 image attained clostrophobic?

Spinal Stenosis: Arthritis can cause decreased room in your spinal canal which can produce nerve irritation similar to a herniated disk in certain situations. If you have stenosis at l4-5, you could have pain along the outer thigh, calf and top of foot which would mimic nerve irritation at that level from a herniated disk pushing on the L5 nerve. ...Read more

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I'm 17 with the rupture disc. I been to the doctor he said surgery is my only option. What do I do?

See specialist: I would recommend that you see a spine specialist or if you already have, seek a second opinion. Hopefully it will get better with conservative care. Surgery would be necessary if you develop a neurologic deficit or if it does not get better in 8 weeks. Check out spine-health. Com. Good luck. ...Read more

Rupture (Definition)

When a hollow structure like an blood vessel, a cyst, bladder, bowel, etc bursts we ...Read more