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When is surgery definitly needed for a herniated disk?
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Definite indications
2 indications are a disc herniation leading to myleopathy or cauda equina syndrome.
A myleopathy is compression of the spinal cord leading to its dysfunction and cauda equina syndome is bowel/bladder control issues due to those nerves being compressed. Otherwise, disc surgery is for those who fail non op care or may be having intractable pain or a progressive deficit in terms of weakness.

In brief: Definite indications
2 indications are a disc herniation leading to myleopathy or cauda equina syndrome.
A myleopathy is compression of the spinal cord leading to its dysfunction and cauda equina syndome is bowel/bladder control issues due to those nerves being compressed. Otherwise, disc surgery is for those who fail non op care or may be having intractable pain or a progressive deficit in terms of weakness.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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In brief: Not always
Surgery is best reserved for patients not responding to pain management on occasion, but is best supported when there is progressive spinal cord compression, leg or arm weakness, bladder control problems, or several sensory losses.

In brief: Not always
Surgery is best reserved for patients not responding to pain management on occasion, but is best supported when there is progressive spinal cord compression, leg or arm weakness, bladder control problems, or several sensory losses.
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