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Hello. My name is Barry.
I was diagnosed a year and a half ago with L4 - L5 spinal stenosis and Spondylolisthesis. The stenosis is moderately severe. My current open surgery DR recommends
laminectomy, and interbody spinal fusion. He's been doing spinal surgeries for many years and is well known. i have good days and bad. What has helped me the most
is I have stopped doing all the half dozen exercises and yoga moves that I was doing every day. I move around the house a lot and walk. But the exercises seemed to be
irritating the spinal nerves. I plan on having surgery in early 2018 soon as I get some personal issues resolved. I'm 72 yrs old. I don't take any pain meds only an occassional
ibuprofen. But by the late afternoon I can't walk very well. i guess by that time there's accumulated nerve irritation.
My question is this : Does anyone have any experience to share doing lumbar fusion through min invasive surgery ? Through a smaller incision vs a five or six inch one ?
All the stats I've seen suggest that min invasive while less painful and healing time is not as successful long tern as open surgery but it sounds so much easier.