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When Can I Return To Work After Having A Lumbar Discectomy
The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more
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Depends: Laser discectomy is helpful for small disc bulges that are "contained" protrusions. Meaning the disc fragment has not extended into the canal. Make sure you have tried pt, nsaids, etc. First. Also, make sure your spine surgeon is experienced with lasers. Laser is "over marketed"! although it's less invasive, faster recovery, there may be a high recurrence which would require a second surgery. ...Read more
I am going for a lumbar discectomy 3 weeks after having a steroid epidural for back pain. Is this ok or shall i leave the epidural.?
Right hand left hand: 1st i'd make sure both your surgeon and pain physician both know what the other doctor is doing. That always leads to best outcome. An epidural can be done before discotomy however if you're sure your having the surgery i'm not sure an epidural prior to would be of great use. Call both doctors' offices and let them know the whole plan! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am suppose to have lumbar discectomy on monday. I caught a small nose cold wed. Can they still do the surgery?
Cold: If it is a minor cold they may proceed with out cancelling the procedure. ...Read more
Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more ...Read more
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