Thank you for writing about your dad's problem. Generally, spine TB does not require surgery. Surgery is indicated if there is presure over spinal cord
(which can be seen on the MRI
) with impending paralysis
of hands and feet. Also, if there is an abscess
(collection of pus), it needs to be drained by surgery. However, in other cases of spine TB, 18 months of Anti-TB treatment will be enough.
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Health City, Hyderabad