For past one year my mom (age: 60) suffering from nerve pinch on/off from her lower back all the way to the leg.
After doing MRI scan , the consult docter recommended a surgery.
We’d like to know, Is there any recommanded second opinion ? if so , Any risk involved and easy recovery ?
here are the findings in MRI
Loss of lumbar lordosis
Disc degeneration with posterior and bilateral posterolateral disc prolapse
with facet joint hypertrophy and ligamentum flavum thickening noted at L3-L4,L4-L5 & L5-S1 levels causing narrowing
of spinal canal and bilateral neural foraminae and indenting on exiting nerve roots.
There is never a problem in getting a second opinion.
Your mother’s MRI notes compression in the central canal and in the foramen at multiple levels. This can cause radiculopathy or neurogenic claudication (see website for details). If your mother has those symptoms, she might be a candidate for surgery. She might be able to put off surgery and undergo physical therapy if she has no motor weakness. Epidural injections would also be helpful (see website). Depending upon the “tightness” of the canal, she could be at risk for arachnoiditis (see website) with just living with this.