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    Ed, Thanks for the information. I watched the...

    Ed,

    Thanks for the information. I watched the you tube video, it was quite informative. I also watched several others as well. I had an ultrasound this morning. Now I wait for results. I will...
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    Linda, Thank you for the information about...

    Linda,

    Thank you for the information about diagnostic tests. I received a patient information letter or handout about spinal surgery. It covers everything I need to know including type of...
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    Ed, I saw the evaluation which seems to be very...

    Ed, I saw the evaluation which seems to be very thorough. Although I believe getting an evaluation would be best, I won’t be able to get to San Francisco. At this moment I am focused on an...
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    I had more scans. MRI of the cervical spine,...

    I had more scans. MRI of the cervical spine, first one. I am not an expert but the findings don’t look great, however, the cord is not damaged. There is contact with the cord in several areas from...
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    Considering surgery at age 69

    I was reading about doctors recommending surgeries that are not needed. How do you know when a surgery is actually needed? For me the stenosis pain, tripping and falls is what I want resolved not...
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    Considering surgery at age 69

    Linda, I verified the surgery details with Chrystal, the PA. The surgery will be a ALIF from L4-S1 with a vascular surgeon. The second day will be the T5-pelvis fusion. I know that this is not as bad...
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    Considering surgery at age 69

    Linda, I was just thinking about the surgery. I believe Dr Ames said it would be a two day surgery. The front one day for two hours and the back the second day for three hours. Which one sounds like...
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    Considering surgery at age 69.

    Linda, Thank you for the information. I wonder if the doctor would use the ALIF for the stenosis which is in the lower lumbar area. I thought I heard him say that term but I could be wrong. My...
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    Considering surgery at age 69

    titaniumed

    Thank you for your reply. I appreciate the information about UCSF. It helped calm some anxiety that I had regarding the surgery. Regarding the doctors, I thought Dr Ames, an orthopedic...
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    Considering surgery at age 69

    jackieg412
    Thank you for reaching out. I didn’t know how informative this forum would be so am very happy that I joined. I will continue to stay informed and will add this to my list of searches....
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    Considering surgery at age 69.

    Hi, My name is Linda Foshee. I have thoracolumbar scoliosis. The lumbar is 50 degrees and the thoracic is in the upper 40 range. I have degenerative disc disease, osteopenia I believe a -1 but not...
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