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Why is swimming or being submerged in water typically bad for you after back surgery?

Why is swimming or being submerged in water typically bad for you after back surgery?

Wound: Initially after surgery you want to avoid submersion in a pool or tub due to wound healing. You want to avoid it due to the possibility you may infect the wound. Once the wound has healed, swimming and pool therapy is often employed to help with rehab after major back surgery. ...Read more

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Back Surgery (Definition)

Any surg that enters the muscles & beyond. Usually means involving work on the bone structurs disks r considered back surgery. They include a multitude of procedures. 2 ...Read more


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How painful is back surgery typically?

How painful is back surgery typically?

Depends on type &: This can be as simple as a needle stick type procedure to endoscopic or other minimally invasive techniques which can be done under conscious sedation to microdisectomy lumbar or cervical under general anesthesia but home the same day to anterior cervical disectomy & fusion done same day too. You go home on pain pills .Orher surgeries can be more extensive requiring 1-7 night stay in hospital. ...Read more

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Is back surgery safer today than before?

Generally very safe: Spine surgery has come a long way in the last 20 years. Most spine problems, fortunately do not require surgery so by all means try conservative, non-surgical options first. ...Read more

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When is back surgery typically recommended?

When is back surgery typically recommended?

Last resort or: When conservative treatments (pt, meds, injections, other) have failed and there is a structural problem causing disabling back and leg symptoms. Severe /progressive leg weakness, numbness and or loss of bowel and bladder control are urgent indicators for surgery. ...Read more

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What are good alternatives to back surgery?

What are good alternatives to back surgery?

Many: As long as imaging studies don't show disc problems ( along with numbness nor weakness ) then acupuncture, stretching, massage, and heat are some of the alternatives to back surgery. ...Read more

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Roman chair after back surgery, is this okay?

Roman chair after back surgery, is this okay?

That depends on the: Type of surgery you had and what outcome you have as well as your overall physical condition currently . You would need to speak to your surgeon as to specifics but once healed and recovered exercise in terms of cardio, core stabilization and flexibility are recommended. ...Read more

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Why I can't have back surgery when I need it?

Why I can't have back surgery when I need it?

Need to talk: to surgeon, if you need surgery and no contraindications you will receive it ...Read more

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Has anyone here had back surgery? Whats recovery like

Has anyone here had back surgery? Whats recovery like

Not bad: I have never had back surgery but have performed several thousand cases. If you are asking about a laminotomy & discectomy when performed with miss technique the procedure is usually performed in an outpatient setting. There is initial soreness of the muscles controlled with ice packs & oral analgesic meds. Patients with sedentary jobs usually are back to work in 10 to 14 days. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: back surgery?

What is the definition or description of: back surgery?

Any surg sub fascia: Any surg that enters the muscles & beyond. Usually means involving work on the bone structurs disks r considered back surgery. They include a multitude of procedures. 2 many 2 list here! ...Read more

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What can I expect from back surgery? Is it worth the risks?

What can I expect from back surgery? Is it worth the risks?

It depends on many-: -factors. If it a clear cut herniated disk substantiated by MR, physical symptoms & physical examination, the success rate is high 90's. I fit that pic had a micro diskectomy, in my garden on day 3.pain in leg gone. Not 1 bit of trouble for 33 yrs. The more you drift away from the perfect storm, the lower the% of success. I assume you know all possible risks all the way 2 death. Good Luck! ...Read more

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