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I had a surgery on my thoracic spine and decompression surgery and it's September and the womb is still open and I'm in pain. What should I do?

I had a surgery on my thoracic spine and decompression surgery and it's September and the womb is still open and I'm in pain. What should I do?

Seek care: Please call your surgeon's on call team immediately for an examination, send him a picture of the wound. You need a full history and exam. Delayed wound healing can be biological or mechanical, exam to rule out infection is paramount to protect you. If the wound is gaping they can staple it around the edges, treat it with wet to dry dressing changes, and lace it up like a shoe. See MD.Good luck ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Spine Surgery (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What is the recovery time for surgery on thoracic spine?

What is the recovery time for surgery on thoracic spine?

Depends: Recovery from thoracic spine surgery varies upon the type of surgery. With lesser invasive techniques, anterior surgeries can be associated with short hospital stays. More traditional anterior and/or posterior procedures may involve longer hospitalization and recovery periods. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a cyst on my lower lumbar/thoracic spine. Its hitting nerves in my lower back. Do I need to worry about getting surgery?

I have been diagnosed with a cyst on my lower lumbar/thoracic spine. Its hitting nerves in my lower back. Do I need to worry about getting surgery?

Maybe: There are different kinds of "cysts" but the most common "cyst" in the lumbar spine that causes is a pinched nerve is a synovial cyst. This is and inflammatory cyst that causes symptoms of a pinched nerve. Surgery is sometimes indicated for large, painful cysts that are unresponsive to nonsurgical treatments like pt and injections. ...Read more

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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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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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How safe is laser spine surgery?

How safe is laser spine surgery?

Why: Laser spine surgery carries with it the same dangers as conventional spine surgery. The real question is are there advantages of laser spine surgery over conventional spine surgery. According to a paper by the mayo clinic laser spine surgery does not provide any advantage over conventional spine surgery. There are no independent studies that have confirmed the benefits of the laser spine surgery over conventional spine surgery. Additionally there in the next the tremendous expense of laser spine surgery that cost approximately 2 to 3 times that of conventional. ...Read more

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Should I go skydiving after spine surgery?

Should I go skydiving after spine surgery?

Maybe: It depends a lot on what surgery you have and how badly you want to jump. The problem is in landing can cause a lot of impact on the spine. If you have a healed spine after surgery and it is very stable, it should be ok. However, the more often you put impacts on the spine, the more it will be prone to further problems down the road. ...Read more

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What is the safety and efficacy of laser spine surgery?

What is the safety and efficacy of laser spine surgery?

Nothing new about it: The use of lasers for spine surgery have been around for years. These devices are used mainly to burn and destroy tissue or nerves in attempts to manage pain. There are places throughout the country that advertise this new state of the art technology. Not much new about it. Not any riskier than traditional spine surgery. Not sure it is more effective. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the endoscopic laser spine surgery?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the endoscopic laser spine surgery?

Less invasive: Pro: less invasive (small incision, less tissue disturbance), maybe faster recovery (hard to prove) con: more x-ray exposure, fewer surgeons competent in technique, may or may not prove more effective than conventional surgery both it and conventional share surgical risks: infection, bleeding, continued symptoms, relapse, nerve or blood vessel problems, etc. ...Read more

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Why do I need to quit smoking before having spine surgery?

Why do I need to quit smoking before having spine surgery?

Better recovery: Smoking slows wound healing and bone healing in fusion patients. Because the majority of spine surgery is elective, it is advisable to do everything reasonably possible in order to maximize the chance of a successful outcome prior to proceeding. ...Read more

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I need spine surgery but Ekg is not good what am I going to do?

I need spine surgery but Ekg is not good what am I going to do?

See a cardiologist: An evaluation by a cardiologist is first; he/she may than be able to discuss your heart problems with the anesthesiologist who will work with your orthopedist or neurosurgeon to find a solution that will permit you to have surgery. ...Read more

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How will orthopedic spine surgery change over the next?20 years?

How will orthopedic spine surgery change over the next?20 years?

Vastly: There is tremendous variability in opinion between spine surgeons. The frequency of spine surgery has increased several fold in the past decade without significant improvement in outcomes. For a major surgical procedure such as spine surgery, the criteria will need to be better standardized and the value clearly defined, with today's increasing emphasis on value based purchasing of healthcare. ...Read more

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Are "spine surgery" and spinal cord injury medicine basically the same?

Are "spine surgery" and spinal cord injury medicine basically the same?

Spinal Cord Injury: Spinal cord injury (SCI) medicine includes treatment of conditions associated with SCI including spasticity, bowel and bladder issues, pain, and loss of function. Specialists in this area are certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and may have subspecialty certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. The Spine Surgeon performs surgery to address spinal instability caused by fracture. ...Read more

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What are my limitations after laser spine surgery? How long will I be in hospital?

Doctor: Talk with your surgeon. They can tell you the limitations and expectations, if you undergo a procedure. They should also inform you on where the procedure is done, since many of the "laser" procedures are done in various type of treatment facilities. If done in an outpatient setting, verify that the surgeon has admitting privileges at a nearby hospital in case overnight care is required. ...Read more

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After having spine surgery how common is it to get an infection in your discs and vertebra?

After having spine surgery how common is it to get an infection in your discs and vertebra?

Uncommon: This is a known but uncommon infection after spine surgery. Overall infection rates after spine surgery range from 0.2-5%. ...Read more

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I had back pain and it ruins my life. I was thinking to have a laser spine surgery. Thoughts?

I had back pain and it ruins my life. I was thinking to have a laser spine surgery. Thoughts?

Decompression: Most of the techniques of laser spine surgery involve decompressing the neural elements. This tends to be best at relieving radicular pain-pain which radiates down arms or legs. Surgical back pain is related to instability which is only relieved with a stabilizing procedure such as a fusion, disc replacement, or (experimental) joint replacement. Laser is unlikely to help pure back pain. ...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

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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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery (Definition)

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