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Spinal stenosis and urinary incontinence

Started by Wesley Ellis on 02/28/2018 10:40am

I'm an 84-year-old male,, diagnosed with"medium to severe" Spinal Stenosis involving L-4 & L 5, Probably caused by trauma several years ago. Following treatment for enlarged prostate, OAB gradually increased and we thoought that the prostate was the problem. Apparently not. Urologist tried Botox injestions inside bladder, still no relief.. Epidural spinal injections helped pain for short time. I have urgency incontinence about every 2 hours. Will fusion surgery likely solve this problem?

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Hi, Wesley--thanks for your question. Based on the fact that you've tried non-surgical treatments with minimal success and are experiencing bladder incontinence, it sounds like you may be a candidate for spinal stenosis surgery. We have some information to help you learn more about that:
( Surgery for Spinal Stenosis )
( Lumbar Spinal Stenosis )

If you decide to move forward with surgery, we recommend checking out this resource. It has some good questions to ask your surgeon: ( Spine Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor ).

We hope this information helps as you weigh the decision to have spine surgery. We wish you the very best!


Know fuse won’t. Make it worse! What meds are you taking? If anything talk with your spine doctor because there are two surgeries they can do before fuse it! One is remove part of the vertebrae off the l1 nerve that I had done and helped! Goodluck