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Brucetg59BBrucetg59 Posts: 1
edited 05/20/2015 - 9:31 PM in Surgery Buddies
I am due for surgery but am reluctant for fear of complications. I have grade 3 spondylisthesis at l5/s1, scoliosis (mild), stenosis, l2/l3 pars defect and multiple points of slippage. Surgeon (neurologist) wants to fuse l2/3 and l5/sacrum. Says scoliosis is unreparable at my age (59). Am wondering what the likely outcome is if I don't have the surgery. I'm retired and not real active as far as outdoor activities go. This is my first post so not sure what is pertinent to include.
Thank you. Bruce

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    Well, Ron, above has posted what is pertinent to include.

    My thought would be for you to sit with doctor and explain your hesitation re surgery and let him have opportunity to explain the need and expected outcome. Seems you need more info to be less anxious. And you should be aware of what is guiding your doctor's decision making process.
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    edited 05/29/2015 - 8:38 AM
    message as SPAM.

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    edited 05/30/2015 - 1:08 AM
    To shcj......rather misunderstanding......you wrote you agree with me....that I think moderators welcome is like spam.

    Quite the contrary. It's hugely important!

    I don't understand how you got that impression.....and no need to go on about it.
    Just wanted to clarify your misunderstanding .
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  • I wish if I can see this welcome screen when I sign in rather than seen in each post as the first reply. That's just my preference.

    And also, it doesn't make any sense for me that moderators don't let user to express their question fully.

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