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Hello Physicians,

I am an MD.The patient is my grandmother. Her MRI reports showed Lumbar spondylosis with degenerative disc disease & Grade 1 anterolisthesis of L4 on L5 with posterior disc protrusion & ligamentum flavum hypertrophy causing LUMBAR CANAL STENOSIS, which is responsible for tingling numbness in bilateral lower limbs & weakness in left leg.the condition has now been present since 4-5years.not significantly progressive.her age is 75 years.Spine surgeons here advised open surgery lest she shall have progressive involvement & get wheel chair bound with bladder involvement in over 6 months.he said we'll perform a laminectomy; correct the anterior displacement,releaving the lumbar canal stenosis; fixing the vertebral bodies by screws & bone graft.I think he was talking about Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion(TLIF).Any suggestions will be valuable as she is a little apprehensive about surgery at her age & the ensuing physiotherapy to be followed after surgery.Can any spine surgeon tell me the rough success rate of such a surgery?How strongly should we consider surgery?How are the outcomes of minimally invasive procedures performed on patients of her age?
at present she is undergoing physiotherapy & on Calcium tabs,strontium granules, meganeuron.

Thank you.Looking forward to a reply.

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