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Old 05-08-2007, 11:53 AM   #1
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Minimally invasive surgery?

Would minimally invasive spine surgery be a possibility for an 84 y/o with 'very severe' spinal stenosis between L1 and L5?


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Old 05-09-2007, 02:43 AM   #2
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Re: Minimally invasive surgery?

I am not sure about Minimally invasive as I have done alot of research on it but my Dr mentioned to me when I was in the hospital that he operated on an 86 year old. I thought this a little odd and said so. Of course I am outspoken. My Dr said that quality of life is what is important. I got to thinking about my parents my mother is 87 and still working and if she were in this kind of pain I would certainly recommend anything for her.

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Re: Minimally invasive surgery?

Ken, my friend's mom had her 2 level fusion almost the same time i had -at 86 and guess what? I need another surgery, still can't walk and she is walking 3 miles every day!!! I am much thinner than she is and much more fit than she is !!! Go figure.
I agree - quality is what we need to have a normal life. If you every day in pain - go and do what you have to do to feel better.
We will pray here for you and your speedy recovery!
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Old 05-09-2007, 12:23 PM   #4
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Re: Minimally invasive surgery?

Thank you very much for your comments.

The 'patient' I'm inquiring for is my mother. I'm not so sure she would respond well to conventional back surgery which is why I have been reading about minimally invasive surgery.

An alternative might be to address the two or three herniated discs she has with the MISS and see to what degree that helps her overall condition.

And best of luck to all of you in the same boat as our mom.

Thanks again... K.

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Unless it is clear cut miminal invasive surgery I believe most surgeons would not do it. Pain management is the most important thing. Make sure she is seeing someone that specializes in pain management. With good pain control her quality of life can improve greatly.
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:33 PM   #6
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Hi there. If your mom is in good health.. surgery may well be a viable option for your mom. As to minimally invasive.. with that large an area.. I doubt minimally invasive being an option. My grandmother has had two lumbar surgeries for stenosis and one of those was when she was in her 80's. I tell you.. that woman gets around better than I did when I saw her last and Im 45!

I had a minimally invasive fusion done on just one level and I had 6 incisions done for that. Minimally invasive surgery is extremely intricate surgery and is not viable for many procedures.

Has surgery even been offered to your mom? Has she had other non surgical treatments to help her with little to no success?
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