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A 52-year-old female asked:

Dicsectomy, corpectomy, lamenectomy or fusion? if i have the option which should i choose. 52 good health still active.have had lots of epidurals.

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Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 35 years experience
Challenging: These are specific procedures that could be performed. The specific treatment that you need should be determined based on the anatomy of the problem, as well as numerous other factors, usually best decided by surgeon - but get more than one opinion about benefit and risks of any recommended to you.
Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Depends...: The surgery of choice is often dictated by the location of the problem. For example, a discectomy is best for a focal disc protrusion that is "squeezing" a nerve root. A laminectomy is good if there is bilateral compression of the nerves or the thecal sac. You should review the symptoms as they relate to the MRI findings with your surgeon who can discuss the options, risks and benefits.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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