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Can I undergo a spinal fusion surgery at the age of 75 ?

I am 75, female, in good health, I have some scoliosis , and degeneration of the discs and a breakdown of the spine at T12/L1 and L4/L5. This has been causing me quite a lot of pain in my low back and left hip area for 1 1/2 years. I had physical therapy a year ago which helped very little. I am quite active and hate the restrictions this is causing. The doctor says he can do minimally invasive fusion surgery . So many people do everthing they can to avoid surgery. What is the advantage in waiting? I feel that eventually it will have to be done anyway. Right or Wrong?
Asked On : Tue, 7 Jun 2011
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Yes, In such painful conditions of the spine it is best to do the spinal fusion surgery as your Doctor ordered, but I doubt the chance of relief in the restriction of movements. Do speak to your Doctor regarding this and the pros and cons of the Surgery.
Answered: Wed, 8 Jun 2011
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