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What Does Contralateral Mean In Reference To 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Less Invasive: Minimally invasive spine surgery techniques treat spine disorders with minimal disruption of normal structures, particularly the back (para spinous) muscles. This is accomplished with smaller incisions, x-ray guidance, and gentle dilation of muscles instead of destructive techniques and large retractors. The overall results are the same as open spine surgeries but with much faster recovery. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Safe not effective: Laser spine surgery simply means removing disc with a laser rather than manually. It is typically performed percutaneously. Although there are reported benefits, in order to state that it is effective, those benefits have to beat the placebo effect which is considerable. Most of the laser surgeries done are for disc bulge which doesn't need surgery in the first place. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
be evaluated: Consider being thoroughly evaluated. Some causes of weakness may be easily corrected and if not corrected may lead to more problems, while other causes may not have any real good options. Usually a detailed history, exam, and appropriate imaging studies can determine the cause, prognosis, and treatment options. Thank you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Follow your doctor's specific instructions. A few generals tips would be to walk and exercise enough each day so that you are tired at night. If you need to nap during the day, limit the naps to 15-20 minutes and do not nap after mid afternoon. If you sleep too much during the day, you will not sleep at night. If pain interferes with sleep, use your medicine to get comfortable before you go to bed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have someone look: Certainly, if you have any questions, ask your surgeon to see you. We always like to know about any potential complications sooner rather than later. With that being said, however, it is very easy to tell if your wound has opened up, you can just have someone look and tell you. Thank you for the question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain: If by failure you mean what is the chance you will still have pain -50%. If the disc is causing loss of sensation or strength then the chances are somewhat better of aiding it. Back surgery for pain has abysmal results. Wt loss, strengthening your abs without laying on your back and glucosamine have at least as good of results if not better. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Multiple: This is an important question to discuss with your doctor prior to surgery. For most cases, the following medications should be avoided: 1. Blood thinners (to decrease risk of bleeding) 2. Aspirin/plavix/anti-platelet meds (to decrease risk of bleeding) 3. Avoid recent spinal steroid injections (to decrease risk of infection). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several: Make sure you understand your diagnosis and procedure. A lot of "laser" procedures are heavily marketed but don't have much evidence to show any benefit of the laser. Consider a second opinion prior to the procedure by another spine specialist. Ensure that you have tried non-operative treatment without success. The arrangements otherwise are similar to those prior to any other surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Uncertain: Most spine surgeries have risks and benefits, most often based upon peer reviewed literature. Most facilities that offer these "laser" procedures should discuss such risks. As a reconstructive spinal surgeon, I have seen patients treated in these facilities who report acceptable pain relief. I have also performed major revision surgery for bad outcomes from laser surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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