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Do I Need a Lumbar Lasinectomy for My Back Pain?

Back pain is hard to nail down, but it has consequences that may be tracked. For example, if a person has pain or numbness in the legs or arms, the back may be the culprit. When traditional medications and physical therapy fails, the doctor may perform a lumbar lasinectomy. This will relieve the pain or numbness in the arms or legs. However, some understanding of the spine is necessary to understand its remedies.

How the Spine Works

The spine is a collection of bones, or vertebrae. Between these are discs, or soft sponges that act as shock absorbers and allow the bones to maneuver. The spinal cord is a network of nerves that connect the brain to the body. The spinal nerves affect various body parts, such as arms and legs. Muscles and ligaments wrap around the whole to protect it. Lastly, the lamina is the bony support of all the above.

How Back Pain Works

Back pain usually presents as a dull ache or a sharp stabbing pain. Persons suffering back pain notice a weakness or numbness in a limb, generally the arms or legs, depending on which nerve is involved. Sometimes a disk is herniated or degenerating, which means it is affecting a spinal nerve. Muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory medications are given first. If that doesn�t work, physical therapy is advised. If the pain persists, a lumbar lasinectomy will be necessary.

How Lumbar Lasinectomy Works

A doctor will make an incision over the vertebra that is causing the problem. In some cases, the vertebrae may be fused together if the disk is pressing on a spinal nerve. The bony casing behind the spinal cord, the lamina, will be severed. This will relieve pressure on the nerves. The lamina will be fused with other spinal bone to stabilize the spine. Disks might be removed to prevent further problems.

What Happens Next?

Following the lumbar lasinectomy, the doctor may have the patient gently exercise to strengthen the muscles supporting the back. Pain medication instructions should be followed to the letter. Back pain, numbness in the arms or legs, bleeding, swelling or discharge at the surgery site is conditions that the doctor needs to know about. Avoid lifting or bending too much following the surgery. If the patient�s job involves sitting or lifting, it might be two to six weeks before the patient may return to work. If the patient had fusions performed, it might be a few months before a return to work can be effected.

A lasinectomy stops compression affecting the nerves. It could return over time, which will necessitate another procedure. Arthritis may set in. However, pain in the arms and legs should improve forthwith.


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