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does any one do surgery on thoracic spinal stenosis?

sphelanclarkssphelanclark Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Spinal Stenosis
it seems everyone i speak to doesnt do this type of surgery or doesnt want to. do these dr,s really understand the meaning of "no quality of life." so if anyone has any suggestions, let me know. by the way my type of stenosis is t10,t11,t12 caused by atrophy of the ligamentum flavum and arthritis. i am not a candidate for the neurostimulator since my cord is severly compressed and they are unable to insert even one wire for the stimulator. thanks for letting me ramble.


  • the mayo clinic in rochester mn has performed these successfully. i had mine done in dec 1996. a laminectomy was performed on t10 t11 and t12. following surgery i had little back pain or discomfort for several years. i resumed playing tennis while wearing braces on both legs due to nerve damage from the stenosis. i was told that if i did not have the surgery eventually i would lose the ability to walk. i still wear the braces but know how my feet are getting worse and have to believe that w/o the surgery i might be wheelchair bound.
  • Hi,
    My husband has a disk herniation that recently began causing numbness to one leg (first it was from the belly button down both legs but after solumedrol infusions for suspected transverse myelitis, it is now just one leg) and some weakness. He was told that only at a spine specialist center that they would have to refer him on because these surgeries are uncommon and very difficult. How bad was the surgery and recovery time? Did your symptoms come on quickly like my husband's?
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