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What Is The Incidence Of Complications Resulting From Epidurals
Rare: Despite lots of "stories, " the truth is severe complications (abcess, permanent injury) are very rare. And the reputation that epidurals can cause chronic back pain has been disproven in multiple studies...The actual cause is really from the pregnancy itself, or the weight gain (or lack of weight loss after the pregnancy). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
...That is a measure of the risk of developing some new condition within a certain period of time. The incidence rate is the # of new cases per population that develop a disease over a period of time. So, in a population of 100, if 5 people develop the disease within 5 years, the incidence rate is 5% over 5 years. Compare to 'prevalence', which measures the total # ...Read more
None: Osteoarthritis (oa) is a localized disease that does not have internal organ complications, seizures, blindness, or other problems associated with some of the autoimmune rheumatologist conditions. Oa is cartilage wear and tear along with bone growth (spurs). The worst that could happen is that a joint might need to be replaced. ...Read more
Gastric bypass risk: It depends on where you have surgery. Nationwide, the risk of death is about 1/500 to 1/1000 operations. However, if you go to a highly specialized center with a long track record, the risk can be much less than that. A bypass is a fairly difficult operation, whereas a lap band is very easy. I would only trust my associate and a handful of colleagues to do a bypass on myself or a relative. ...Read more
Rare but possible: The risk of dying under general anesthesia is thought to be less than one in 350, 000. In fact the number is so small we can not adequately measure it. I often tell patients that they are more likely to die from driving to the hospital than from the general anesthesia. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unfortunately,: Generically, the mortality rate, within one year, from an intracerebral hemorrhage is 60%, year in and year out. When the blood enters the ventricle, there appears to be even a grimmer outcome. If survival does ensue, there is a risk of communicating hydrocephalus. Although poor prognosis here, would have family conference with your doctors and understand what they think. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is mthfr? Can the presence of mthfr increase complications from an inadvertent epidural puncture?
Genetic mutation: Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (mthfr) is the rate-limiting enzyme in the methyl cycle, and it is encoded by the mthfr gene. Genetic variation in this gene influences susceptibility to occlusive vascular disease, colon cancer, leukemia and neural tube defects. I am not aware of any relationship between mthfr levels and problems with epidural punctures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Every operation: Has potential risks versus potential benefits. Your surgeon goes through a complex decision tree whenever he sees a patient for possible surgery. If your potential risks outweigh the potential benefits, he will not perform any operation. Go see a surgeon, he can figure it out for you. ...Read more
What is the risk of having severe cervical spinal stenosis myelopathy? There is almost no CSF around T3/T4&6 due to narrowing from the disks and steno
Increasing neurologi: Compression of the spinal cord can occur due to spinal stenosis. which will often cause pain in the back and or in the legs. This can further progress to muscle weakness, weaker legs and paralysis if not treated in time. You need to see a neurologist or a neurosurgeon to guide you in further managing this problem.. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Minimal: Every anesthetic procedure has some degree of risks with general anesthesia having the greatest risk. The risk is minimized by having the anesthesia provided by someone who has the proper training in evaluating patients and their risks when undergoing anesthesia, as well as being trained in administering anesthesia and treating complications that may arise. Oral surgeons have an excellent record. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have seen it : Now, don't carve in stone, but I have seen amazing recoveries over a 4-6 month period of time in cases of hemiparesis, where i felt there was no hope. This is relatively uncommon, but does happen. So, work hard in rehab program, take your med, exercise, and stay optimistic. Good luck. ...Read more
Stage: Advance stage of disease and no respond to treatments. ...Read more
Several depending : Depends on the type of surgery- laminectomy, diskectomy or fusion ( with or without instrumentation) or a combination of these, whether it is a second surgery and from what approach is used as well as dependent on your underlying physical condition ( age, weight, diabetic, smoker, bone density). Risks include: infection, nerve injury, spinal fluid leakage, scar tissue formation, and more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more
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