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A 41-year-old female asked:

Mri shows foraminal stenosis l5-s1, l4-5, l3-4 and extrusion nearly abuts the descending bilateral s1 nerve roots. l leg is numb & painful. surgery?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Walter Husar
Neurology 34 years experience
Would Need More Info: In general, i would need more symptoms, but what you are describing with your symptoms and the results of the mri, i would first recommend physical therapy and epidural before considering surgery. Really depends on your examination and whether there is any weakness. I would check with your doctor.
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Dr. Edison McDaniels
Specializes in Neurosurgery
A few words here cannot replace a thorough evaluation of signs & symptoms, review of MRI, and a physical exam. It does seem premature to jump to surgery first though. Discuss w/ your doctor and get referral to a specialist as necessary.
Jun 1, 2014
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 18 years experience
Surgery Last Resort: I would consult a fellowship trained spine/pain specialist to see your options. You may need surgery or you may not. If you haven't tried epidural steroid injections first, that may be your best bet first.
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Last updated Nov 27, 2017

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