The spinal cord and cervical spine are linked, says Dr. David F. Bouchard, a spine surgeon at the University of New South Wales.
And that link is so strong, he says, that spinal surgeons often have to remove and replace the vertebrae.
It can be a challenging and costly operation, even with proper care.
Cervical spines can become so brittle and inflamed that they cannot be safely replaced, Bouchards says.
The result is that many patients who have had a spinal surgery are still in pain and may have spinal cord swelling, which Bouchands diagnosis is not known.
I think there is some irony in the fact that my wife, who is very concerned about cervical spine health, was not getting her cervical spine checked when I did my surgery.
It would have been a huge blessing for her.
I have been asked, “You’re a doctor.”
I said, “I am.”
Dr. James D. Anderson, an associate professor of surgery at the Columbia University Medical Center, is not convinced.
He has been doing spinal surgery for about 30 years, and he says it is extremely common for patients to be surprised at how long their spinal cord will stay in the spine after surgery.
I can imagine that the spinal cord is very hard to move around.
I would have thought the spine would be pretty well stabilized, but I think the spinal surgeons who have done this have done a poor job.
A lot of people have done spinal surgery because they are in a hurry, Anderson says.
But it can be very expensive and, for some patients, may cause damage to their spine.
Anderson says there are also concerns about the long-term effects of spinal surgery.
People are still going to be in pain, and they are going to have a long recovery.
Anderson says he has had patients who suffered spinal injuries and would have had to wait six to eight months after surgery before they could move again.
But he says the long recovery time and pain may not be worth the risk.
It is a very difficult procedure, but it is also very important, he adds.
Cervicals are made of fibrous material, which is flexible and can move, he notes.
The process of removing and replacing the vertebras is also extremely delicate, so the operation may not result in permanent injury.
“I would say that the surgery was very safe and it was performed correctly,” Anderson says, “but I would not call it the safest surgery in the world.”
It also requires a certain amount of coordination and coordination is very important to the patient, says Bouchas, the spine surgeon.
If you can’t do that, you can have complications, he said.
Dr. Robert A. Wurth, a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, says it’s not uncommon for patients who underwent spinal surgery to have symptoms like pain in their lower back, neck or shoulders.
Some of these symptoms have improved, but some remain, Wurths said.
If the patient has had problems in their spinal nerves and their cervical spine, this surgery may not help, he added.
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