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What are the possible risks of not having surgery when anterior lumbar interbody fusion with posterior fixation is indicated (alif l4,l5,s1,fix l5-s1?

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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
Depends: Have you tried nonsurgical options? Surgery is typically indicated if you're having neurologic dysfunction and/or chronic intractable pain from a serious disc herniation and have failed to improve with conservative options. At your age make sure that you've had a couple of opinions and have tried nonsurgical options including physical therapy, medication, and possibly injections

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Last updated Jun 12, 2017

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