A 41-year-old female asked:
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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?

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Dr. Walter Husar
32 years experience Neurology
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.
Answered on Mar 19, 2016
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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
16 years experience Pain Management
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.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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Dr. Zachary Veres
17 years experience Family Medicine
Back pain: What have you tried prior to considering surgery?
Answered on Apr 25, 2019

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