Sciatica is a term used to describe pain caused by irritation or impingement of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is believed to be the longest nerve in the human body. In the lumbar spine, it may be compressed due to disc herniation or spinal stenosis, resulting in affecting the areas where it supplies. It runs through the buttocks, hips, legs, and feet. The nerve damage can cause pain and discomfort in the affected areas, as well as sensory impairment. This condition is experienced by over 40% of the population worldwide.
If left untreated, it may cause several serious complications as follows:
1.Irreparable nerve damage:
Permanent nerve damage can cause serious complications, the sensory or motor loss may occur. The nerve damage can increase the intensity of pain. The pain may become unbearable and the intake of medications will be increased. Eventually, there will be a time, when the medication stops responding resulting in the worst conditions. As the sensory system of diabetic patients is already compromised, they are at great risk for this.
2. Loss of motor and sensory control:
When the condition becomes worse, the patient may suffer a sensory and motor loss in the affected areas. You may feel a constant numbness and tingling because the nerve is being damaged continuously. It may also cause muscle weakness and difficulty in movement in the areas that are supplied by it.
Prolonged damage gradually decreases and then diminishes the sensations causing irreparable nerve dysfunction that can result in the amputation.
3. Bowel and bladder incontinence:
In extreme cases, it may also affect the control of bowel and bladder movements. It may be a temporary loss but can become permanent if left untreated for long period. The nerves become completely compromised and the damage is irreversible.
4. Cauda Equina syndrome:
It can be caused by damage to the nerve root bundle present at the lower end of the spinal cord. This condition is characterized by extreme low back pain. Sensory impairment and incontinence may also occur. Cauda Equina syndrome may also cause permanent paralysis.
These are some of the complications explained by brain tumor surgeon Dr.Kalyan Bommakanti, M.Ch.
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that connects two or more vertebras into a single segment. The core idea is to fuse the bones, eliminate the painful motion, or restore the stability of the spine. This surgery helps in eliminating the painful movement between the vertebras. It also prevents the stretching of the surrounding structures such as nerves, muscles, and ligaments. During this procedure, a bone graft is used to fill and lock the space between the two vertebrae. After the bone is healed, the space between them is filled hence forming a single solid vertebral segment.
Before recommending this procedure, the doctor may prescribe some imaging tests first, such as X-rays, CT, and MRI to pinpoint the source of pain.
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure with a high success rate as about 90% of the patients report a substantial decrease in pain and functional improvement. The surgery is very helpful in managing back pain that is not going away with any other approach and almost all the spinal problems. The success rate is incredible and patients are very satisfied with the results.
WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE OF FUSION SURGERY OF THE SPINE?: Explained by brain tumor surgeon Dr.Kalyan Bommakanti, M.Ch
After the procedure, the patient is kept under observation in the hospital for 3-4 days. During this time, initially, the patient is observed for any kind of reaction to the anesthesia. Then the discharge plan depends upon the physical fitness, emotional stability, and the reaction to the procedure.
Full recovery may take 3-6 months, it varies from patient to patient. Overall fitness, lifestyle, dietary intake, and the physical condition affects directly the healing time.
Dr.Kalyan Bommkanti is one of the best neurosurgeons in hyderabad and is also one of the best spine surgeons in hyderabad. He received training in endoscopic spine surgeries, also known as key hole spine surgery or minimally invasive spine surgery. He has experience in treating a number of complicated brain surgeries, complicated spine surgeries like complex brain tumors, complex spine tumors, complicated spine fractures, complicated head injuries. He has an extensive experience in teaching junior doctors.
He consults and operates at: (For appointment WhatsApp on 8520003683) Global Gleneagles hospital,Lakdikapul, Hyderabad. Aware Global Gleneagles hospital, L.B. Nagar, Bairamulguda, Hyderabad. Kalyan’s Neuro and Spine clinic, Kharkhana, Secunderabad. Shenoy hospital, East Marredpally, Hyderabad. Prasad Hospitals, Nacharam, Hyderabad.
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