Lumbar spinal stenosis surgery alternatives Featured

Surgeons from the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University wrote of the problem of correctly classifying patients with lumbar stenosis for the purpose of increasing effectiveness of treatments.

According to the researchers: 9% of patients suffer from lumbar stenosis, it most commonly effects patients in their 50s-70s. Patients often have pain, cramping, and weakness in their legs that is worsened with standing and walking. While surgery may be effective for some, the the surgical techniques vary widely from a decompression procedure to a spinal fusion procedure. This variation in technique and what the researchers call the “lack of an accepted classification system,1” can lead to problems for patients with complications.


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