Conus Medullaris Syndrome Treatment
Treatment for conus medullaris syndrome depends on the cause. If an injury has caused a structure in the spine to place sudden pressure on the conus medullaris, then surgery to repair the damaged structures and relieve pressure on the conus medullaris must be performed within 6 hours. In addition, intravenous (IV) corticosteroids must be given promptly, usually within 8 hours of the injury. Emergent surgery is not required in a person who has a chronic condition that has resulted in slowly progressive pressure against the conus medullaris.
Treatment options for conus medullaris syndrome include:
Conus Medullaris Syndrome Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of conus medullaris syndrome.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Conus Medullaris Syndrome Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat conus medullaris syndrome:
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