Re: MRI results on back pain
Welcome to the board. I gather you are writing about your mom and these are her MRI results?
How bad is her leg pain? What other symptoms does she have? What conservative treatments have been tried (such as physical therapy, epidural spinal injections, oral medications, etc.)? How is her general health and how active is her lifestyle?
The recommendation for the fusion makes sense if her pain is keeping her from living her life. But it is important to figure out the pros and cons as fusion is a big surgery and there are no guarantees that it will turn out with the desired results of being free of pain.
I would also strongly recommend getting a second opinion from another spine surgeon. If you decide surgery is the way to go, the most important decision you will make is the selection of the surgeon. You want to be sure you have the best trained, most experienced spine surgeon that is available to you. Do not make this decision without considerable thought, research, etc. Plus there are neurosurgeons and fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeons who both work on spines. Sometimes they look at a problem slightly differently...and there are a number of ways to perform a fusion, so it is worth exploring all these options. You want to find a surgeon you are comfortable with and whom you trust.