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Have disk problem. Is surgery required? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 02-Aug-2013
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User:Hi Doc,
User:My dad is having Disk problem. He is having problem in walking & also in standing for more than 15-20 mins. He feels pains in legs. Doctor suggessted operation, but most of the people are saying that operation is not a goof option in this case. We are very much confused. Please suggest what to do??? Thanks.
Doctor:I am sorry or you dad's problem
Doctor:People who are unaware of the complications that might occur, would have suggested that surgery is not a good option
User:can u suggest what to do now?
User:we have met some of the people who have been dignosed with same issue.
User:they said the same
Doctor:But still I cannot confirm that it requires surgery based on what you have said that is disk problem
Doctor:There are lot of other things that need to be considered as I believe you can understand
User:can i help u in understanding this better?
Doctor:There are lot of things that can happen to disc
Doctor:Like disc bulge, disc herniation, disc prolapse and sos on
User:i read MRI report in that its written that S4 & S5 having problem
User:i believe these are disks?
Doctor:Treatment depends on his symptoms and associated factors
Doctor:vertebral disk
User:can it become worse?
Doctor:disk or disc, just the accent differs in USA and uk
Doctor:both are same
Doctor:Yes there are chances that it can become worse and also lead to some XXXXXXX complications as well in certain cases
User:docto says there are 50-50 chances!
User:what we can do now?
User:like go for surgery or gor for some desi formulas like
User:there are some guys who claims that they can settle discs
Doctor:Take a second opinion from Neurophysician, showing him MRI reports and patient. Also, surgery should outweight the benefit over risks
Doctor:I personally do not trust those guys
Doctor:There wont be any clincal research evidence for those guys treatment
Doctor:It would be a risk
Doctor:Are you there?
User:what are complication after surgery & with ur personal experience is it recommended to go for sugery?
Doctor:FIrst confirmation of diagnosis and physical exam is needed to comment on this
Doctor:But for your satisfaction I would assume and answer
Doctor:Complications like nerve impingement and complete loss of bladder and bowel functions may occur in worst scenarios
User:what r bladder and bowel functions ?
Doctor:Sorry, I think you asked about after surgery, right?
Doctor:I thought it was without surgery
Doctor:After surgery usually there wont be
User:ok i wanna knw abt thats also
Doctor:Very rare cases, Anesthesia problems and some usual postoperative complications as in any other surgeries may occur
Doctor:I think you got answers for both now, with and without?
Doctor:IS there any thing, I can help you with?
User:but what is the chances that after surgery problem will b solved i mean
User:in practical what is satisfaction ratio?
Doctor:CAnnot predict, it needs thorough evaluation by an Otho and Neuro physician
Doctor:Differs from patient to patient and many associated components
User:ok please tell me who is the concerned person neuro or ortho?
Doctor:Both need to coordinate at some or the other point of treatment
Doctor:better to go to Neuro first
User:what r bladder and bowel functions ?
Doctor:urination, defecation
Doctor:their controlling
Doctor:IS there any thing, I can help you with?
User:currently i think its ok
User:ilets hope my DAD's problem gets solved
Doctor:HOpe so
Doctor:Thanks for consulting, Bye for now!
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