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Am I Too Old for Spine Surgery?

It is natural for a person to take longer to recover from an injury as they become older, and the same thing applies when it comes to surgery. For patients that are dealing with debilitating back pain, surgery may be an option to provide much-needed relief. This brings up the question as to whether an older person can still safely undergo surgery, and the simple answer to that is yes, they can. In fact, a 2015 study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery found that patients age 80 and older can benefit from surgical treatment for conditions such as lumbar spinal stenosis.

Thanks to major advancements in surgical techniques, the majority of spinal conditions can be treated successfully with surgery regardless of the patient’s age. Today’s minimally invasive procedures have evolved to the point where success rates are exceptionally high, meaning patients experience less pain, fewer or smaller incisions, a quicker recovery, and ultimately, a better result where patients report their pain has disappeared in a matter of weeks. With our surgery, patients can look forward to maintaining their full mobility as well as their spine’s intricate structural integrity.

This update is brought to you by the Cantor Spine Institute, a minimally invasive spine surgery center located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We utilize groundbreaking ultrasonic spine surgery techniques to treat a number of cervical and lumbar conditions including cervical disc herniation, ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament, spondylolisthesis, and more. For more information or to schedule a complimentary MRI review, please call 954-567-1332.

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