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I have disc herniation and degenerative disc disease. What do you think about surgery at 70?
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
3 doctors agree
In brief: Back Pain Options
This back pain as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection.
Surgery can be avoided.

In brief: Back Pain Options
This back pain as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection.
Surgery can be avoided.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Common
It is common to have back problems as we age.
Having surgery in your 70's is not uncommon. If your symptoms are severe and limit your daily life than surgery may be necessary. Of course you should be seen by your primary doctor first to evaluate your general health status. Discuss with your surgeon what procedure you need and what is the best procedure for your specific problem.

In brief: Common
It is common to have back problems as we age.
Having surgery in your 70's is not uncommon. If your symptoms are severe and limit your daily life than surgery may be necessary. Of course you should be seen by your primary doctor first to evaluate your general health status. Discuss with your surgeon what procedure you need and what is the best procedure for your specific problem.
Dr. Greg Khounganian
Dr. Greg Khounganian
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