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Alternative Names Lumbar decompression; Decompressive laminectomy; Spine surgery - laminectomy Risks Risks for any surgery are: Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungs Breathing problems Infection, including in the lungs ( pneumonia ), bladder, or kidney Blood loss Heart attack or stroke during surgery Reactions to medications Risks for spine surgery are: Infection in wound or vertebral bones Damage to a spinal nerve, causing weakness, pain, or loss of feeling Partial or no relief of pain after surgery A return of back pain in the future If you have spinal fusion, your spinal column above and below the fusion is more likely to give you problems in the future.
I looked into weight-loss surgery options because my life had become out of control. I had ballooned to morbid obesity and I recently had been diagnosed with, and hospitalized for, diabetes 2 and hypertension. My triglycerides were bad; my cholesterol was bad. They had been bad, in fact, for a long time. I finally got to the point where I felt like I was going to die. The reality was that I had been dying for decades but it had become so "in my face" apparent that I couldn't ignore it any longer. As they say, I hit bottom.
Even on medication, I never could get my blood glucose readings or blood pressure readings "normal." I still felt awful... and I was afraid of dying. Fat and desperate, I asked my primary care physician about weight loss surgery. He told me that several of his patients had had the surgery with great results. He recommended a surgeon to me and I phoned his practice for information.
I was promptly told by the receptionist that there was an 18-...
Pain pumps are often used after joint surgery to deliver a controlled amount of anesthetic and narcotic. This device provides good pain relief. Patients use less narcotic medication. But previous animal studies have shown that some drugs (lidocaine, bupivacaine) actually cause chondrocytes (cartilage cells) to die. In this study, the effect of bupivacaine on chondrocytes in human articular cartilage samples is tested. The chondrocytes came from the femoral condyle of patients who had a total knee replacement. The femoral condyle is the round end of the femur (thigh bone). The cells were scraped off and taken to a lab where they were prepared in a special culture. A system of pain pump to culture was set up. Medication was pumped into the culture plates in such a way as to mimic the way a normal, human joint would be treated. Medications used included one-per cent lidocaine, one-per cent lidocaine with epinephrine, 0.25 per cent bupivacaine, 0.25 bupivacaine with epinephrine, 0.5 per ce...
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