Surgery or not
I am in my mid 70s and have been diagnosed with primary radiculopathy, back pains from the spinal stenosis in L3-L4, L4-L5.
Have gone through conservative treatments of all sorts from chiro,PT sessions, NSAIDs, acupuncture,DRX-9000 decompressions, 2 epidurals and other muscle relaxants, topical analgesics etc.
Gone to 2 neurologists and 2 neuro surgeons with different opinions. One neurologoist is referring me to a neurosurgeon (had adverse reaction to his prescribed Flexeril). The other neurologist expressed that if
I were his family member, he would advise against surgery. Neurosurgeon A recommended unilateral laminectomy. An older neurosurgeon who no longer does surgery, but sees patients in the Neurosurgeon
Group does not recommend surgery either, that surgery would for sure make the MRI look good in correcting the stenosis, but does not reflect the same outcome as far as pains are concerned. He recommends more physical therapy and seek pain management RX.
Would like reports from good and bad outcomes of surgeries..