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What is the name of surgery for cauda equina syndrome?

What is the name of surgery for cauda equina syndrome?

A laminectomy : This syndrome is due to compression of the nerve tissue that can be from several causes. Depending on the cause and location of the problem, the surgery will entail a decompression of the nreve tissue usually through a laminectomy but amcan be from an anterior or lateral approach or conbined and may or may not involve a fusion and instrumentation as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Behnam Myers
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Cauda Equina Syndrome (Definition)

The cauda equina is the "horses tail" of the nerves at the tail end of the spinal cord below the waist level. These nerves subserve the bladder, bowel, and legs. If the area is compressed (lumbar stenosis) or a tumor is present, the nerves can be damaged, which may cause initial neurogenic claudication (with activity) or leg ...Read more


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Diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome. Underwent surgery for it, but still experience timglimg sensations. ?

Speak with surgeon: Have you spoken to the surgeon? Often times surgeries for these sorts of things don't immediately resolve all symptoms. May take a few weeks to few months to see max. Relief. There still may be complaints that'll have to be dealt with but hopefully major pain and discomfort were improved. If that's happened then, to some extent we can say the procedure went well. Again, speak to the surgeon. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome. Underwent surgery, so its all good now.Just wanted to know if smoking can be a huge obstacle in my healing?

Diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome. Underwent surgery, so its all good now.Just wanted to know if smoking can be a huge obstacle in my healing?

Yes: You know that all doctors will tell you that smoking is bad , but on a serious note, most surgeons feel that smoking leads to poor bone healing. Quitting is not easy, but i'd ask your regular doctor if they can assist you with any smoking cessation program. ...Read more

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I was treated for cauda equina syndrome by disectomy surgery . It's already more than 3 months but i still have issues with bladder . Any suggestion?

I was treated for cauda equina syndrome by disectomy surgery . It's already more than 3 months but i still have issues with bladder . Any suggestion?

Long recovery: This can have a fairly extended recovery period. I would recommend continued close follow-up by urology. There are certain procedures that they can do if needed if this is a permanent issue. Generally, full improvement can take 6-12 months or longer. ...Read more

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Had l5-s1 disk herniated with cauda equina syndrome 3 months before, i just did my MRI and think the disc slightly herniated again, do I need surgery?

Had l5-s1 disk herniated with cauda equina syndrome 3 months before, i just did my MRI and think the disc slightly herniated again, do I need surgery?

If no pain...no: If your symptoms are minimal or nonexistent at this point, you do not need surgery. The fact that you had cauda equina syndrome indicates that the prior disc herniation was very large and it is fortunate you had the care you did at the time. The fact that it looks like it may be "slightly" herniated again does not mean that you absolutely need surgery particularly if you have minimal symtoms. ...Read more

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Spinal cord injured and had cauda equina syndrome, and i did surgery.Will it effect on person sex life because I have very less desire of having sex?

Spinal cord injured and had cauda equina syndrome, and i did surgery.Will it effect on person sex life because I have very less desire of having sex?

Yes: The cauda equina affects nerves that go to the bladder, rectum and penis. Therefore, injury to the cauda equina can result in urinary symptoms, bowel problems, and erectile dysfunction. Also, medications used to treat pain may also cause low testosterone and decreased libido or sex drive. Dr. Neil baum www.Neilbaum.Com. ...Read more

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My lumbar l5-s1 disk herniated lead to cauda equina syndrome, i did my surgery, bladder still not emptying and after surgery my body is very weak.?

My lumbar l5-s1 disk herniated lead to cauda equina syndrome, i did my surgery, bladder still not emptying and after surgery my body is very weak.?

Speak to your : Surgeon about repeating a MRI with contrast to evaluate surgical outcome to make sure adequate decompression and no recurrence or new disc issue. Sometimes , there may be ongoing issues that may or may not be permanent and a urodynamics test may help to evaluate this situation further if MRI is negative. ...Read more

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Spinal cord injured , had cauda equina syndrome, and i did surgery.Having less desire of sex and masturbation. Why is that?

Testosterone levels: Did loss of desire occur immediately after your surgery, or later, when your expectations and life conflicted? Sexual experiences have internal and external workings. Loss of sleep, pain, or use of narcotic medications can affect your testosterone level. Check with your spinal doctor for concerns of sensation and arousal. Cauda equina syndrome often benefits from the same medications as ed. ...Read more

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Friend 54yr had Cauda equina syndrome,had surgery 6yr ago.He was on laxative,he stopped a month ago.Now has soft/hard & lumpy stool with drop of blood?

Friend 54yr had Cauda equina syndrome,had surgery 6yr ago.He was on laxative,he stopped a month ago.Now has soft/hard & lumpy stool with drop of blood?

Constipation: Damage to the lumbosacral nerves can lead to bladder and bowel damage. Alternatively, chronic laxative use can cause problems with bowel function. It is important to see a gastrointerologist for the constipation and a neurosurgeon to update the imaging of the spine and ensure there is no new structural problem compressing the nerves of the lumbar and sacral spine. ...Read more

Dr. Behnam Myers
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Cauda Equina (Definition)

Spinal cord ends at upper lumbar spine (l1-2 level) and become a bundle of nerve roots, which look like horse tail. It passes bony tube inside the lumbar vertebrae while sending out nerve roots at each spine levels. You can easily visualize the anatomy on-line if ...Read more