Lumbar spinal surgery is used to correct problems with the spinal bones (vertebrae), disks, or nerves of the lower back (lumbar spine).
Spinal surgery - cervical
Lumbar spinal surgery
The spine consists of bones (vertebrae) separated by soft cushions (disks). Pressure on the nerves that branch off the spinal cord can produce pain, numbness , tingling , or weakness.
Lumbar spinal surgery is done while you are under general anesthesia (unconscious and pain-free). A surgical cut is made over the area of the problem. The bone that curves around and covers the spinal cord and the tissue that presses on the nerve or spinal cord are removed.
The hole through which the nerve passes may be widened to prevent further pressure on the nerve. Sometimes, spinal fusion is necessary to stabilize the area.
Patients with spinal pain in the neck or back are usuall...
Failed Back Syndrome can be devastating after spinal surgery offers such hope to those with none. Unfortunately, some end up with a "failed" surgery. Failure to improve pain. Failure to improve quality of life. Failure to help. Where does a person turn when the pain mercilessly continues? Some turn to a futuristic treatment called spinal cord stimulation which is gaining more and more popularity. This operative procedure places electrical leads near the spinal cord. These leads are then connected to a "generator" which is implanted in the abdomen or buttocks. The electrical current generated near the spinal cord theoretically blocks pain signals. How successful is this pain treatment for failed back syndrome? What are the risks? Is it an option for you? Let's take a look.
When a spinal surgery failed in the past, a person's only option was to take pain medication or to try a reoperation. Another operation is always risky business. In 2005, a study compared the...
Full Question: I had an MRI early last week and received a call from my doctor today with the results. Since I was on my way to work at the time, I wasn't able to write down the exact phrase he used. What he told me surprised me - he said everything looked normal, but that the MRI showed a small hernia at the back of my brain that was putting pressure on my spinal cord. I'm planning to make an appointment with a neurosurgeon as soon as the weekend is over. I was hoping for any insight you could offer as to what I might expect from this process, as well as information on what might've caused the hernia (my doctor didn't mention anything as a cause for it). Christy. Answer: Dear Christy; Your physician may be referring to something called an Arnold-Chiari malformation. These can be associated with headaches or not at all. Causes included being born with it or trauma, as in brain injury. I've seen a number of case who had surgery and still had the head...
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