Re: L-4 Stenosis
Yes, my surgery was mainly for stenosis at L5 and L6 (yes, I have 6 lumbar vertebrae). The stenosis was caused by arthritis, but I'm not sure exactly where on the vertebrae it occured... I saw the MRIs, but my memory is short... but I believe it was inside the spinal canal. Anyway, my surgery involved "whittling out" the bone spur material, combination laminectomy and laminotomy, inserting rods and screws for stability, and bone graft. I think I am a success story, although it is only 13 weeks post-op. My stenosis was causing pain and lots of numbness in one leg and foot. I was quickly losing my ability to walk. Now that problem seems to be completely gone. My pain is in other areas, but I don't think it is going to stop me from living a pretty normal life... which the stenosis was doing.
Best wishes, Mary in Texas