VertiFlex/Xstop/Mild?

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    Anyone recommend any of these treatments as reasonable/effective at this current point in time?

    Saw a healthy, active, pleasant 60 year old with severe single level lumbar stenosis with a lot of ligamantum flavum hypertrophy today...had been offered decompression/fusion...not doing well with conservative tx. Got me thinking...
     

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      Unless he's got a significant and/or mobile spondy I'd rec, if it was my family, to get another opinion for a simple decompression without fusion. IMO a Young and healthy patient should get this problem truly fixed, not a gizmo.


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        Unless he's got a significant and/or mobile spondy I'd rec, if it was my family, to get another opinion for a simple decompression without fusion. IMO a Young and healthy patient should get this problem truly fixed, not a gizmo.


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        Sorry forgot to clarify...grade 1 listhesis. Stable in flex/ex

        I guess it makes some since they would want to fuse her given the listhesis? Although with a grade one seems that a decompression should still be adequate without a fusion?
         
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          the younger spine surgeons usually can decompress without fusion for a stable grade 1 degenerative spondy. the "classic" teaching is that you need to fuse these, so the older surgeons (or more greedy ones) fuse as well. if they have a concomitant spondylolysis, then a fusion is necessary
           
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            the younger spine surgeons usually can decompress without fusion for a stable grade 1 degenerative spondy. the "classic" teaching is that you need to fuse these, so the older surgeons (or more greedy ones) fuse as well. if they have a concomitant spondylolysis, then a fusion is necessary
            Prob depends how much facet arthropathy is contributing to the stenosis, and how much of the facets they have to take to clear out the canal. If they take enough, prob have to fuse for stability purposes
             

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              Prob depends how much facet arthropathy is contributing to the stenosis, and how much of the facets they have to take to clear out the canal. If they take enough, prob have to fuse for stability purposes

              True, but ssdoc makes a good point. If this was my mother, I'd ensure she had 2 and 3rd opinions with two other younger spine surgeons.
               
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