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What does contralateral mean in reference to spine surgery?

What does contralateral mean in reference to spine surgery?

The opposite side: Usually when the symptoms are on the opposite side of a disc herniation. ...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 does it mean to have a posterolateral fusion of the lumbar spine?

What does it mean to have a posterolateral fusion of the lumbar spine?

See below : A posterolateral lumbar fusion involves fusing the spine over the transverse processes and the lateral aspect if the facets. Check out spine-health.Com for videos and more information. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have posterior lumbar interbody fusion?

What does it mean to have posterior lumbar interbody fusion?

PLIF procedure: A posterior lumbar interbody fusion (plif) is a procedure in which an unstable lumbar segment is fused in conjunction with a decompressive laminectomy. As part of the fusion, bone grafting (often with a cage device) is placed into the disc space to allow for fusion, but also helps re-align the segment. It can be performed with open and minimal invasive techniques. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a MRI says hyper intense signal of the ACL mean? What does Anterior fusion of the ACL mean? Please help

What does it mean when a MRI says hyper intense signal of the ACL mean? What does Anterior fusion of the ACL mean? Please help

Exam most important: Based on a thorough history of knee complaints, limitations, and history of injury, combined with thorough examination findings by a physician trained in musculoskeletal injury of the knee along with basic knee xrays, a diagnosis can be determined. The nonspecific MRI findings mentioned would be one other piece of information to determine any need for concern or plan of treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an anterior cervical discectomy fusion?

What does it mean to have an anterior cervical discectomy fusion?

Joining bones: A fusion is eliminating a motion segment of the spine by making bones heal together. There are many different techniques used for a variety of reasons or indications. For this, the approach is from the front removing the intervening disc & replacing it with a piece of bone or a metal v plastic like cage filled with bone that may be secured with screws or plate & screws or no instrumentation. ...Read more

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What does "arthritic" mean in relation to vertebrae in the spine?

What does "arthritic" mean in relation to vertebrae in the spine?

Our spine ages with : Imaging changes having been demonstrated as early as age 10 years and continuing from there. It is labeled degenerative changes and sometimes this can lead to pain symptoms and then it is called degenerative disc disease or arthritis of the spine. It not only can affect the disc levels but the joints of the spine known as facet joints. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have cervical spine surgery?

What does it mean to have cervical spine surgery?

On the neck: The cervical spine is the neck area. Common cervical spine operations address disk problems, nerve pressure or irritation, spinal cord problems. Other problems are tumors, infections, broken bones. ...Read more

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What does a slight superior displacement of the meniscal root mean? Please explain this was seen on a mri? Does that need surgery to fix?

What does a slight superior displacement of the meniscal root mean? Please explain this was seen on a mri? Does that need surgery to fix?

Minor Change: This sounds like you have a minor abnormality seen on your mri. This should not need surgery, unless it is causing you problems. Discuss the findings with a spine surgeon if you are having any problems with the area served by this nerve root. ...Read more

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In regards to bladder surgery, what does tut mean?

In regards to bladder surgery, what does tut mean?

It is ...: TUT is an informal saying of bladder suspension for correcting stress urinary incontinence for females, which can be done safely under experienced hands, but remember its outcome may not last forever because we only can surgically correct the anatomical position of urethra-related muscle tube, not able to stop aging effects, which will surely weak the muscles anywhere beneath the skin... ...Read more

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Mri say there is a reversal in normal cervical lordosis most at c4c5 intervertebral disc space level. What does that mean ?

Reversed curve: Cervical Lordosis is the normal curvature of the cervical spine, curving gently outward towards the front of the neck. Reversal of lordosis is just what it sounds like: the curve reverses and curves toward the back of the neck. Potential causes include muscle spasm. ...Read more

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My MRI shows uncinate and foramenal hypertrophy in the cervical spine. What is this and does it require surgery?

My MRI shows uncinate and foramenal hypertrophy in the cervical spine. What is this and does it require surgery?

Degenerative changes: These changes refers to degenerative changes in the cervical spine. Surgery or not depending on your symptoms, severity of the degenerative changes & outcome expectations. Mri findings alone do not dictate the need for surgery. Please consult with your dr. ...Read more

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Xray report : straightening lumbar spine. What does it mean? Whether my spine need to be straightened or what? What is the treatment?

Loss of lumbar curve: Normally you have little bit curvature in the lumbar area, it may be lose that curvature some times secondary to muscle spasms. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have percutaneous thoracic discectomy?

What does it mean to have percutaneous thoracic discectomy?

Cool way to operate: Minimally invasive way to remove a portion of a herniated disc in the mid back region. I found a great website with explanation and quote part below in comments. ...Read more

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Can docs explain what does numbness in the shin means?

Can docs explain what does numbness in the shin means?

Many possibilities: Numbness can occur from various reasons. Some potential causes include vitamin deficiency, nerve damage, nerve compression, and alcohol over consumption, side effects of different medications, or as a result of different systemic medical conditions such as diabetes. Get evaluated by a professional to determine the diagnosis. Treatment is based on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is a intra articulate fusion mean in the knee? What causes a knee not to straighten? Please help

What is a intra articulate fusion mean in the knee? What causes a knee not to straighten? Please help

Knee effusion : Intrarticular effusion indicates that your your knee is inflamed . If you can't straighten it you probably have some structural wear and tear inside the knee. You need to be evaluated by a knee specialist Orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is 3mm broad posterior disc protrusion dangerous? Mildly contacts the cord c3-c4? What does 3mm mean how far should it be from the spinal cord?

Is 3mm broad posterior disc protrusion dangerous? Mildly contacts the cord c3-c4? What does 3mm mean how far should it be from the spinal cord?

At least 3mm away: the disc pads the intervertebral space, if slips and contacts the cord it can cause symptoms of numbness and tingling , the severity depends on how far the disc contact and the pressure, if so severe it will cause incontinence and saddle numbness, , the body can often heal itself and it varies widely in different people,so to keep it healthy use good body mechanics, wight normal, never smoke . ...Read more

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I would like to know is; what does ''a significant thoracic disc prolapse at t4/t5 with effacement of the spinal cord mean?

I would like to know is; what does ''a significant thoracic disc prolapse at t4/t5 with effacement of the spinal cord mean?

It means that the : Disc at the spine level chest region known as thoracic between the vertebral bones thoracic 4 and 5 has herniated into the spinal canal and is touching or effacing the spinal cord but not compressing it so even though it is significant or large there is still room enough within the spinal canal to accommodate both the spinal cord and disc herniation. ...Read more

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In reading in MRI report what does the below sentence really mean?Degenerative change in the thoracic spine. No obvious spondylolysis or listhesis.

In reading in MRI report what does the below sentence really mean?Degenerative change in the thoracic spine. No obvious spondylolysis or listhesis.

Wear and tear: Degenerative change implies that the discs are drying out a bit, and there may be some bony changes, such as small spurs, but the report suggests normal alignment and lack of need for invasive procedures such as surgery. Indeed might be consistent with your age. Talk to radiologist more if you need a visual explanation. ...Read more

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What is a intra articular fusion mean in the knee? What causes the knee not to straighten? Please help

What is a intra articular fusion mean in the knee? What causes the knee not to straighten? Please help

Fused joints: Hi Nancy, The knee joint is an example of a joint, which is where your bones come together, or articulate. A joint fusion is usually a surgical procedure performed to achieve a pain-free knee when other surgical procedures are not indicated. Some patients have bony ankylosis where the bones are fused due to trauma or other disease. Your Orthopaedic Surgeon is the specialist to properly treat you. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery (Definition)

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