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Numbness in the thigh and buttocks. MRI showing stenosis. Is surgery an option?

I had my lower back fused 10 years ago. About 3 years ago it started bothering me again. Then my left thigh/ buttocks started going numb.. another mri was done and shown I have stenosis . No surgery at that time. They said it would eventually get worse. It has. I can t lay on left side at all now. In the last couple months my left foot (toes) is numb and freezing. Should I have another mri? Will surgery ever be an option?
Asked On : Thu, 10 Jan 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for writing to us.

I understand you have back pain . These symptoms are part of spinal senosis where the nerves get compressed due to decreased space.

There are several treatment modalities with medicines, physiotherapy and with injections in the back called epidural injections and root/facet blocks.

If you dont get better with these treatment ,I suggest you undergo surgery, by which the nerves are decompressed , which would significantly improve your symptoms.Before this get a new MRI done and discuss this with your orthopaedician.

Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Thu, 10 Jan 2013
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