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I have spinal stenosis, balance problems and need a cane to walk? i have fallen twice, once i broke my wrist. i am now going for physical therapy (3 times) and see no results so far. could i go for laproscopic surgergy?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Depends: Balance problems from cervical stenosis should be adressessed by a spine surgeon before other elective procedures not as impt if lumbar stenosis depends on where the stenosis is , two falls from balance problems from lumbar stenosis dosent sound right maybe your falls are from a foot drop? If your balance issues are from cervical stenosis therapy wont help.
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