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What are the long-term outcomes of surgical treatment for spinal stenosis?
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: It depends
These arethe result after 8 years follow up for patients have the sugery.
There were 68% excellent and good, 22% fair and 10% poor results. Back pain was relieved in 91% of the patients. Leg pain was relieved in 76% of the patients. Numbness was relieved in 87% of the patients. Five patients had re-operations.

In brief: It depends
These arethe result after 8 years follow up for patients have the sugery.
There were 68% excellent and good, 22% fair and 10% poor results. Back pain was relieved in 91% of the patients. Leg pain was relieved in 76% of the patients. Numbness was relieved in 87% of the patients. Five patients had re-operations.
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Usually ok
When surgery is indicated, good results are found in the majority of patients but tend to lessen after 5 years due to ongong degenerative changes.
However, if you are a smoker, have diabetes, neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, the results are less predictable. The same is true if in the cervical region, a myleopathy has developed as a result of the stenosis.

In brief: Usually ok
When surgery is indicated, good results are found in the majority of patients but tend to lessen after 5 years due to ongong degenerative changes.
However, if you are a smoker, have diabetes, neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, the results are less predictable. The same is true if in the cervical region, a myleopathy has developed as a result of the stenosis.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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