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Should I have surgery?

MarvstotMMarvstot Posts: 2
I have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis. I'm 74 years old, and the pain was near unbearable. I had an MRI and was referred to a surgeon. While waiting for surgery, I decided to try acupuncture and PT. After about 10 acupuncture treatments I am now completely pain free. The surgeon said the acupuncture didn't treat the problem, only the symptoms, and that surgery is still a good idea.

On the other hand, at my age recovery from surgery will take a long time. I'm healthy and active, and I don't want to be out of action for the two to six weeks recovery may take. I'm thinking of cancelling the surgery, and would like to hear from anyone else who has faced this decision.



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856

    Moderator Input

    Why we can not provide any advice when it comes to surgery

    • - No one here is medically qualified to provide such answers
      - That decision is personal and needs to be decided upon with yourself, your family and your doctor
      - We only see a small pinhole of your exact medical situation. Decisions on surgery need details
      - What may sound like a candidate for surgery, in reality may not be.
      - There are many factors that go into the decision to have surgery
      - What works for you , may be serious trouble for another

    Anytime , anyone is faced with spinal surgery, you should always get a second opinion. You want to have at least two doctors that agree with your condition and agree with the treatment plan. There are time when you have two doctors that disagree with the action, then I would always recommend seeking a third opinion.
    So, please let us all do ourselves a favor. When you make a thread or post, Do Not Ask if you should have surgery

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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