Spinal Stenosis Treatment

Using Surgery to Treat Spinal Stenosis

When nonsurgical treatments for spinal stenosis do not work to relieve pain, doctors may recommend surgery. However, surgery might be considered immediately if a patient has numbness or weakness that interferes with walking, impaired bowel or bladder function, or other neurological involvement. Factors that can determine whether a patient needs surgery include:
  • The effectiveness of nonsurgical treatments
  • The extent of the patient's pain
  • The patient's preference.
(Click Spinal Stenosis Surgery for more information about this option, including associated risks.)
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