Spina bifida --what surgery and other treatment?

Depends on type. This is not a simple answer as it depends on the type and severity. If the neural tube defect is large and protruding, it may require an open operation to repair the spinal sac and place all the nerve roots back into the sac.

Related Questions

I have a lump on my chest I had a surgery for spina bifida do I need to check it?

Spina bifida. And lumps elsewhere are typically not connected. Have the lump checked out for sure! Read more...
See below. The two conditions are not likely to be related. An urgent care center or your local doctor can help you with the lump on your chest. This may be just a cyst, but should be checked out. Read more...
Yes. Even at your young age, a lump on your chest needs to be investigated. Speak to your doctor about what would be the most appropriate test. Read more...

My wife was just diagnosed with spina bifida occulata (age 23). They said it's mild. Her tailbone hurts. What's the treatment for something like this?

PT. The spina bifida occulta, may or may not be related to her symptoms. It most likely is an incidental finding and unrelated. Tailbone pain (coccygodynia) is treated with pt, exercise and nsaids (ibuprofen etc). It is usually self limited. Read more...

Is it advisable for a 53yr old to have back surgery for spondylosis. She has possible spina bifida on l-1, 2&3. What are the risks?

Second opinion. If the surgery is for spondylosis, which just means degeneration, then get at least one other opinion. If the main complaint is back pain then laminectomy is not likely to help and fusion results are very unpredictable. It is unusual to have spina bifida at those levels. Please double check that diagnosis. 53 is not old and perfectly safe age to have spinal surgery if truly indicated. Read more...
Spondylosis. Spondylosis is simply arthritis. This is not a common reason for spine surgery. Now, if pressure is present on the nerves from the arthritis (spinal stenosis) that is a different story. Spina bifida shouldn't affect treatment, as it usually is the occulta (stable) type. I would try nonsurgical treatment first: physical therapy, arthritis meds, nerve blocks, & reserve surgery for failure of above. Read more...

I am experiencing constant pain in my lower back a bit above the scarr where I had surgery for spina bifida. What could be the reason for this?

Painful Back Scar. Scarring from any surgical procedure can cause pain in both the short and long-term. In your case, I would be more concerned because spina bifida is a complex issue requiring long-term follow-up to monitor neurological function and any changes in spine pain and stability. If you haven't see a spine surgeon in a while, my recommendation is to get an evaluation with x-rays and possibly an MRI. Read more...

Why is there squishy puffiness at the base of my spina bifida child's spine? He had a tethered cord surgery 4 years ago and it's around the scar.

Difficult to say. It's hard to say without examining him. It could be anything from keloid to infection; please have his doctor see him this week. Read more...
Three causes. Most common is associated lipoma (fat collection). This is usually benign. Next is bulging of the sack around the base of the spinal cord that often collects fluid when the child stands and when he cries or tightens the tummy. The third cause may be loose tissue around the surgery site with poor closure of the incision. The surgeon can determine easily which is present. Read more...
Spinal puffiness. It is very common to have fatty deposits (lipoma) at the base of the spine in spina bifida. Another cause can be collections of spinal fluid under the skin. Read more...

I had spinal fusion surgery for spina bifida occulta 6 years ago I have chronic back pain what can I do?

Hmmm? This condition is not an indication for fusion see a pain doc get a diagnosis for your pain generator spina bifida is usually considered a asymptomatic incidental finding not a pain causer look for another diagnosis pain after fusion is called failed back syndrome was it a spondylothesis? Read more...
Talk to surgeon. There are various options for the treatment of chronic back pain, however, you might want to check with your surgeon and get their opinion. Read more...
Chronic pain. Spina bifida occulta usually does not require treatment, so there might have been other reasons you got your fusion. Further treatments for chronic back pain include physical therapy, pain management, pain pumps and/or stimulators, or non-traditional methods, like acupuncture, chiropractory, etc. I would definitely consult with a surgeon. Your fusion might not be solid, or you might have new probs. Read more...

What are some treatments for meningocele (spina bifida)?

See or sew. If the meningocele is covered by intact skin and no neurologic deficits are present, maybe nothing need be done except to be careful about traumatizing the area (see). If neurologic deficits are present or overlying tissues are fragile or breached, then surgery is needed to repair and protect the area (sew). Consult a neurosurgeon for more details. Read more...

Anyone know any new treatments of spina bifida?

Fetal surgery. All interventions for open neural tube defects aim at preventing further neuronal loss and cannot restore damage already done. That is why fetal interventions can prove a major breakthrough in prenatally diagnosed cases: the fetal neuronal plasticity and ability to regenerate damaged tissues is such that a much better long-term outcome can be achieved. http://women.texaschildrens.org/fetalcenter/. Read more...