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  • carolns
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    Hi Doctor Corenman,
    I will be 77 in April will be asking to see a spine specialist
    because of spinal stenosis in my back. You were right about my neck and it was done 2014, c2,c3,c4 thank you for that….seems like the doctors here once you are older do not help you as much….do you ever operate on patients my age or older? Thanks Carolns (dog’s breakfast) lol

    • This topic was modified 1 week ago by  carolns.
    Dr. Corenman
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    Older patients present greater risks due to the body response from aging. There are greater chances of blood clots, heart and kidney issues, stroke and even infection. I do operate on older patients but understand it is a lot more work so some surgeons are reluctant to take on an older population.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
    If this forum has helped you, please let Dr. Corenman know!

    carolns
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    Dr Corenman, I do get infections fairly easy after surgery. Didn’t get one with my neck. I appreciate you telling me like it is as. I am doing my exercises and have a physical therapist coming in Wednesday to get me tone up. Now I understand why some doctor’s don’t want to operate.thanks carol

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