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Can you tell me when I can have a normal life after having a surgery on Central Spinal Stenosis?

Question:
I am a 68 year old male in good mental & physical condition from two hours exercise per day since 1996. I will have back surgery in a few weeks. My diagnosis is Degenerative Disc Disease, spondylosis and central spinal stenosis. The vertebrae are very unstable and slide around a lot. There will be discectomies and fusions at L3/4 & L4/5. L1/2 & L2/3 have loss of normal water content. Bone will be removed from pelvis to place in my spine ---"and other cleanup." I will be on my feet the afternoon of the surgery to begin walking therapy. After two or three days in hospital, I will go home with a body brace to be worn for three months. In the past two years, I have visited four back surgeons and have selected Dr. Jose E Rodriguez of Houston Texas.

Naturally, I have some questions and will appreciate answers and opinions.

How debilitating will the body brace be?

Does anyone know anything about Dr Jose E Rodriguez?

When can I expect to return to normal life activity such as standing up for more than a few minutes?

How long before normal sexual activity might resume? (Yes, ol' farts still have sex :-})


Answer:
Can't help you with your questions, but you may be able to find out the information you are seeking on the doctor at this link.

http://www.tsbme.state.tx.us/

It is the Texas State Board for Doctors. Hope your surgery goes well and you have a quick and complete recovery.



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