Hello Doctor, My question is related to a female patient&a
Patient :Hello Doctor,
My question is related to a female patient’s spinal cord. The patient has undergone an MRI of their lumbo-sacral spine which I have sent as a picture;
The MRI scan consisted of T1WI SAGITTAL, T2WI SAGITTAL, T2WI AXIAL, and MR myelogram
The following results have been given;
L2-3 disc partial collapse, inferior Schmorl nodule with flaval and facet hypertrophy which has resulted in local neural canal stenosis (early stage, coudal fibres below are not stretched)
L4-5 disc circumferential bulge also with flaval and facet degeneration seen associated with grade 1 local anterolysthesis and local vacuum phenomena, changes have resulted in a local spine blockade and obliteration of the foramina.
The patient is 65 years of age and has a weight of 100kg.
My question is;
Would you possibly break the above diagnosis into simple English for me?
What type of surgery should the patient undergo for the problems in her spinal cord?
What is the success rate of the surgery?
How long would it take for the patient to recover?
If she isn’t to undergo surgery, what would be the consequence?
p.s. the doctor whom I saw about the patient’s diagnosis informed me she may be bedridden if it is not treated, is this true?
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