A 46-year-old female asked:
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i was diagnosis w/ lumbar spondylolysis, bilateral nerve root impingement and radiculitis w/ l5 being slipped forward. surgery or long-term pain management?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
16 years experience Pain Management
Surgery : Lumbar spondylosis, nerve root impingement and radiculitis may or may not be indications for surgery, but topped with a slipped vertebrae and the reported symptoms of chronic pain and neurological deficit (weakness as listed in your profile) suggest surgery may be your best long-term option. Non-surgical options cannot reverse or slow progression and would only serve as a temporary fix.
Answered on May 10, 2013
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Dr. Laurentiu Boeru
39 years experience Anesthesiology
Surgery: Sometimes it solves with pain control, pain procedures (epidurals w/local anesthetic and steroids). After reducing the inflammation the disk if it is intact could slip backwards in place. The spondilosis is a chronic condition similar to the osteoarthritis that can not be cured like the disk herniation.I think you meant spondylolisthesis. Surgery can be efficient but also can have complications.
Answered on Jun 16, 2014
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