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Have lumbar canal stenosis, knee pain, diabetes and high BP. Leg cramps, back pain. Is surgery advisable?

MY MOTHER 69 YRS OLD IS SUFFERING FROM LUMBAR CANAL STENOSIS AND KNEE PAIN AND DIABITIC,HIGH BP CONTROLLED HYPOYHYROID PATIENT NOT ABLE TO WALK FOR LONG DIST GETTING CRAMPS PAINS IN LEGS AND BACK DOCTORS HAS SUGGESTED SURGERY IN PUNE IS IT ADVISIBLE AT THIS AGE OR ANY ALTERNATE TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE FOR RELIEF PLEASE GIVE OPINION THANK YOU DINESH KESARE 0000 YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Mon, 24 Dec 2012
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Hi,
Age per-se is not a contraindication for the surgery. However, the Diabetes, blood pressure and thyroid dysfunction should be well controlled to make the operative and post-operative phase problem free. Unfortunately, conditions like lumbar canal stenosis occur due to wear and tear of the joints of the back and therefore manifest as we age. I am sure your surgeon has considered alternative treatments including continuing with oral pain killers, epidural injection etc and has advised surgery as the option of last resort. Please do let me know if you have any more queries.
Answered: Tue, 25 Dec 2012
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