Back surgery - spine ortho vs neurosurgeon?

Ortho biased. As an orthopaedic surgeon, i feel our 5yrs of residency plus fellowship training in spine surgery, give us an advantage in treating spinal problems. We are well versed in biomechanics, bone healing and metabolism, as well as biomaterials. Our knowledge base is grounded in musculoskeletal care, which includes bone, joint, muscle, nerve, ligament, tendon and skin.
I prefer fellowship . Spine fellowship training neurosurgery or ortho good choice neurosurgery more experienced in general with neural tumors than ortho my opinion.
Both are ok. Both neurosurgeons and fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeons treat spinal disorders. It is worth your time to learn about your surgeon before considering surgery. Hopefully, your primary care doctor can help to point you in the right direction. The most important thing to do is to make sure that the surgeon you choose has expertise in treating your problem. Check out healthgrades.Com.

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Does back surgery help with back pain and can it also correct the spine?

Depends. Depends on the injury and the efficacy of the surgeon; there are good "minimally invasive" surgeries for backj pain that may not require a bunch of hardware; look for minimally invasive back surgery in your area but if you have a compressed nerve it may be the best solution. Get a couple of opinions, though. Read more...
Instability. For patients with instability of their spine refractory to conservative management, fusion can be a good surgical option. Read more...

Is cracking your spine after back surgery fine?

No! Once healed! No-you are simply doing the equivalent of "cracking your knuckles"- it feels good or it just becomes a habit. By "cracking" or mobilizing the small joints of your spine(facet joints) it causes a temporary reflexive relaxation of the surrounding muscles. This is what an osteopath or chiropractor will attempt to achieve with manipulation. You are doing your own! you are not causing any arthritis. Read more...
Be careful. Cracking the spine after surgery should be avoided. Would ask your surgeon too. Timing for resuming strenuous activity after surgery depends on the type of surgery done. Read more...

What do you suggest if my husband had back surgery on the L5 area of his spine he had extreme pain the night of his surgery abscess?

Spine surgery. Typically patient will experience a lot of pain and muscle spasm right after surgery; and this condition may last for several days or weeks. If the lower back pain were not improved several months later including an increased pain with persistent numbness and tingling in the lower extremities, you should contact your surgeon about these issues. Postoperative infection is a NO NO...PERIOD. Read more...
Can be normal. after surgery. Abcess takes a few days to happen. If anything could be a hematoma. If it doesn't resolve in a day or two or you notice weakness in the legs take him to the doctor or ER for MRI evaluation. Read more...

What to do if I had back surgery and the doctor nicked my spine during surgery?

Dural leak. The sack of fluid around spine can be torn or nicked This heals with time and rest . Read more...
Discuss. It sounds like you are describing a spinal fluid leak, which can occur for a number of reasons. These can sometimes heal with rest or sometimes further surgery is indicated. I would sit down and discuss your options with your surgeon. Read more...

31 yr old female, L5 herniated disk. What can I do as far as back surgery? The laser spine institute? Hurts so bad

Varies. I would not hesitate to be seen. The vast majority of patients with disc herniation a do respond to nonoperative care, but a small percentage do require surgery, which in general is highly successful for the appropriate candidate. Read more...

Mom has severe stenosis in parts of cerv spine and below T1. Any considerations forsomeone considering back surgery? Worried about failed surgery. : (

Varies. If your mom has real severe stenosis in her cervical spine, there may not be a lot of choice. Severe cervical stenosis can cause a condition known as myelopathy in which can lead to losing the ability to walk independently. In general, neck surgery is fairly safe and successful, although certainly each case is different. I would certainly make sure your mom understood the risks and benefits. Read more...

I had back surgery and I have a bruise on the right side and pain near the scar on my spine. What could be causing this?

Positioning . Bruising on your side may be due to the way your body was positioned during surgery. As far as scar pain? Is it red, draining etc. have surgeon take a look at it. Read more...
Blood. Some degree of bleeding can occur following back surgery. When blood goes into the superficial soft tissues, it causes a bruise. Just make sure your surgeon is aware. Read more...

I had back surgery 7 months ago spine fuison. I was playing with my daughter and fell, hitting my knee and back. I have pain. What should I do?

If symptoms. Are very concerning to you get checked out now. If not, consider taking some pain medication such as Ibuprofen (assuming there is no contraindication to taking this) for a few days and see if you feel better. Rest and periodic icing of painful areas can help too. It really comes down to how bad you feel as ultimately nobody can answer the need to see a doctor but you. Read more...