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Doctor insights on: Will You Be Better After Receiving Surgery For Chiari Malformation

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How soon following a lumbar fusion do guidelines tell you that you may begin interventional pain therapy. My last surgery was a salvage procedure.?

How soon following a lumbar fusion do guidelines tell you that you may begin interventional pain therapy.  My last surgery was a salvage procedure.?

Depends: I usually advise my patients with this issue to check with their surgeon. In cases where there has been persistent pain, I have done spinal procedures as early as one month after a spine fusion. I don't believe there are any hard and fast rules to this. ...Read more

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Dr. James Goodrich
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Chiari Malformation (Definition)

A congenital condition where the connection between the brain and the ...Read more


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Following a mastectomy, how long do you have to wait before reconstructive surgery can take place?

Following a mastectomy, how long do you have to wait before reconstructive surgery can take place?

Depends on why: Usually the beginning of the reconstructive process can take place at the time of mastectomy. If radiation will be needed, many plastic surgeons will recommend delaying reconstruction for about 6 months. ...Read more

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Do you need surgery after being diagnosed with a cataract?

Do you need surgery after being diagnosed with a cataract?

Depends: The diagnosis itself does not mean surgery is automatically needed. Surgery is required when there is a secondary effect of the cataract causing or leading to harm or damage to other structures in the eye. The most common types of cataracts cause a decrease in vision, perhaps glare and halos. A good time to consider it is when daily activities are hampered by the cataract (driving, tv, reading, etc). ...Read more

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What can I expect after the operation for a chiari malformation?

What can I expect after the operation for a chiari malformation?

Post op: Some neck pain and stiffness. About 2-3 day hospital stay. Possibly a drain at surgical site for couple days. Comfortable by about 2.5 weeks. Resolution of symptoms. ...Read more

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Will my vision improve immediately after having cataract surgery? I need cataract surgery, but i'm worried that i won't be able to see after the surgery. I'll need to return to work as soon as possible after the procedure. How long will it take for my vis

Will my vision improve immediately after having cataract surgery? I need cataract surgery, but i'm worried that i won't be able to see after the surgery. I'll need to return to work as soon as possible after the procedure. How long will it take for my vis

Vision improves fast: Cataract surgery is a quick and easy procedure from which you can recover. Most people begin to see better within a day of the procedure, but this depends on the degree of cataract as well as the type of cataract surgery you have. Depending on your work, you may be able to resume normal activities almost immediately. Speak with your eye surgeon about your particular situation. ...Read more

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If surgery is required for hydroele. How soon should surgery be done?

If surgery is required for hydroele.  How soon should surgery be done?

Non emergent: Hydrocele repairs are most commonly neither emergent nor urgent and can be scheduled at your convenience. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wait after getting surgery for a hernia for flying on a 3 hour plane?

How long do you have to wait after getting surgery for a hernia for flying on a 3 hour plane?

No rule for flight: although there is no specific rule for when you can fly after most hernia surgeries, It makes sense to wait 1-2 weeks if having substantial pain after surgery or you are high risk for complications. If you had laparoscopic surgery it is often recommended you wait about 24 hours to let the Air introduced in to your abdomen completely otherwise it could cause increased pain due to pressure changes ...Read more

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What restrictions will you have after surgery for a retinal tear?

What restrictions will you have after surgery for a retinal tear?

It depends: It is necessary to avoid heavy lifting, bending or straining. If you have a gas bubble in your eye face down positioning is also very important. ...Read more

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I have a symptomatic psuedomeningocele (11x8cm), 9 months post op;spinal fusion.Im not functional, it has shrunk slightly. Surgery to extract? Or wait

I have a symptomatic psuedomeningocele (11x8cm), 9 months post op;spinal fusion.Im not functional, it has shrunk slightly.  Surgery to extract? Or wait

Pseudomeningocele: If you are nine months out from surgery and still symptomatic and not back to a normal functional status i would seriously consider a surgery to correct the defect. ...Read more

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Is cpr recommended with patients having spinal fracture and how would you know?

Is cpr recommended with patients having spinal fracture and how would you know?

I hope not : If you have a spinal fracture you may benefit from kyphoplasty or vertebraloplasty. I'm uncertain why you are recommending cpr. ...Read more

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Can a patient receive sinus surgery if they have been crying, and are congested as a result, prior to surgery?

Can a patient receive sinus surgery if they have been crying, and are congested as a result, prior to surgery?

Sinus surgery/crying: Crying can cause temporary swelling in the sinus passages but should not be a contraindication to the procedure as your surgeon can prescribe a nasal spray to reverse the swelling for surgery. Also, be sure if you are crying that you are emotionally ready for the surgery as you need to be in a positive frame of mind to be able to recover optimally from the surgery. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long can you wait before having surgery for an esophageal atresia?

How long can you wait before having surgery for an esophageal atresia?

Hours/days not more: Esophageal atresia prevents a kid from receiving fluids & maintaining normal metabolic balance. While awaiting surgery, mouth secretions can build up in the remnant and transfer into the lungs causing pneumonia.Stabalization with IV fluids, suction & close monitoring is reasonable until the kid can be moved to a center where surgery can procede. Further delays deminish the chances for good outcome. ...Read more

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Can thoracic outlet syndrome be treated if the nerve compression has been for 8 month, or surgery is necessary? and how much time does physicalT take

Can thoracic outlet syndrome be treated if the nerve compression has been for 8 month, or surgery is necessary? and how much time does physicalT take

Yes: 20y seeks non-operative therapy of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Neurovascular bundle impingement occurs in costo-clavicular dimension, the true Thoracic Outlet. Impingement is due to irregular clavicle motion w. abduction; caused by abnormal superior trapezius, ST, function; via ST overdeveloped or underdeveloped relative to muscles of inferior scapular draw, i.e., "crossed muscles". See a wise P.T. ...Read more

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Will i need surgery in the future after being diagnosed with a cataract?

No.: A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside your eye. As long as you are able to see to perform your daily activities, the cataract can just be observed. When you started having visual difficulties, then it is reasonable to discuss cataract surgery with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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If you had surgery to remove a meningioma can you have brain damsge?

If you had surgery to remove a meningioma can you have brain damsge?

Depends: Whether there could be damage depends on where the mengioma was, how large it was in the context of putting pressure on the brain. And there can always be potential consequences from any surgery. Meningiomas can be benign and still cause damage related to how big they are before they are removed. ...Read more

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