• Frances Frances
    October 06, 2008
    Best treatment for anterolisthesis and spinal stenosis?
    Frances Frances
    October 06, 2008

    What is the best treatment for spinal stenosis due to arthritis? Has anyone had surgery that has proven to be beneficial?

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  • Dee
    Dee
    July 10, 2009
    Dee
    Dee
    July 10, 2009

    I do not know if surgery is beneficial to 100% yet.  I have heard of and met people who have indeed had such surgery.  My neurosurgeon says it is a drastic surgery, sort of a last resort as it is a delicate complicated procedure.  In this surgery the surgeon scrapes out the placque that is built up coating the inside of the spinal column and foramena (openings for nerves).  Then tiny mesh cages, somewhat like cardiac stints are inserted in these places.  Deteriorated disks are scraped out and replaced with cadaver bone or most often bone harvested from your own hip (which involves a second surgery at the same time).  Once the disks are replaced, then the vertebrae involved are fused together.  Lastly, the surgeon inserts "rods" vertically which are screwed to the vertebrae that were operated on to imobilize the entire area.   You end up in a "back brace" for about 3-4 months while healing.

     

    I am sure that the outcome or success varies from person to person.  I am sure I will end up having this surgery myself somewhere down the line but for now we are trying to postpone it as long as possible.

     

    Best wishes.

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