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How Long Do Disc Results Last?

Oct 4

If you have had a disc replacement surgery, you might be wondering how long your results will last. If you are considering artificial disc replacement surgery, you need to know that the results are not permanent and can change over time. You should also be aware of the risks and complications of this procedure. You should also read up on the MRI scan and the nerve conduction studies.

Complications of artificial disc replacement

Complications of artificial disc replacement can arise from a number of causes. Most patients are able to return to normal daily activities after surgery, but some can experience complications. For example, the surgical procedure may lead to an increased risk of infection, or the artificial disc can become damaged. There are several risks associated with artificial disc replacement, and patients should discuss them with their doctor.

Disc pain can be alleviated with acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Exercise programs can also reduce pain and slow disc degeneration. However, these programs must be performed regularly to achieve results. These exercises are necessary to strengthen the trunk muscles, which reduce the load on the spine.

Disc results depend on several factors, including the age of the patient, the number of replaced segments, and the initial condition of the disc. The authors of this study note that the indications for disc replacement surgery must be clearly defined.

MRI scan

The time it takes to generate MRI scan results depends on many factors. These include the type of scan, the location, and the time of day. Depending on the situation, a scan can take anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours. The results may also dictate what type of intervention will be required. Emergency scans usually reach the surgeon immediately, but routine scans may take more time. After the scan, the physician must analyze the images and write a report.

When undergoing an MRI, patients should avoid eating or drinking large amounts of water for at least four hours prior to the test. They should also remove all jewelry or metallic objects from their bodies. Patients may be asked to wear a hospital gown and leave their belongings in a locker before entering the MRI scanner.

Nerve conduction studies

A nerve conduction study is typically performed before an electromyography (EMG) test. During this procedure, your doctor will record how long it takes for a muscle to respond to a nerve signal. This information is used to diagnose a patient's condition and decide what tests to order. The physician performing the test has special training and is certified in electrodiagnostic medicine. At TriHealth Physical Medicine Rehabilitation, our physicians are members of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Nerve conduction studies are important diagnostic tools that can differentiate between acute and chronic neuropathies. Nerve conduction studies can also be helpful in making the diagnosis of a Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome or acute demyelinating neuropathy. A nerve conduction study can also be useful in identifying the location of a lesion and excluding alternate diagnoses. Depending on the severity and type of neuropathy, a nerve conduction study may be normal or abnormal in certain cases.