What is Cauda Equina Syndrome – Anil Kesani MD
Dr. Anil Kesani explains that Cauda Equina Syndrome is a medical emergency. He explains that cauda equina syndrome is caused when the spinal nerve roots within the lumbar spine become severely compressed or pinched resulting in the disruption of the electrical signals from being transmitted from a persons brain to their legs. If left untreated it can result in leg paralysis and even permanent bowel and bladder incontinence.
Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Anil Kumar Kesani practices orthopedic spine surgery at SpineMD in North Richland Hills, Texas and serves patients in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Anil Kesani, MD, is experienced in treating a variety of neck problems, back problems and spine problems by using a combination of nonsurgical as well as surgical treatment options. Dr. Kesani reserves spine surgery for patients who do not respond to nonsurgical treatment or rarely as a first line treatment in patients with extreme conditions that either require emergency treatment such as spinal cord compression and cauda equina syndrome (CES).
Most people experience lower back pain at some point in their lives, but are typically capable of avoiding surgery. However, some lower back problems, particularly when they are extreme, maybe a sign of cauda equina syndrome, a rare and serious condition that often requires surgical treatment. This condition typically occurs in patients who experience massive disc herniations that severely pinch or compress all the nerve roots in the lumbar spine or cauda equina. Occasionally it may occur in adults who have experienced spine injuries with severe fractures, tumors or other spinal lesions that lead to severe pinching or compression of all the lumbar spinal nerves.
Though the condition is more common in adults, it has been seen in children. If you believe you or a loved one may be suffering from cauda equina symdome with symptoms such as severe back and leg pain, leg weakness, bowel and or bladder incontinence or even urinary retention, please seek urgent evaluation by a spine surgeon or call Dr. Kesani’s office at SpineMD on (817) 893 6001.
Anil Kesani MD treats cauda equina syndrome