How successful is lumbar stenosis surgery?

Dr. Don Y. Park, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Studies have shown good clinical success of lumbar stenosis surgery, especially with predominant leg pain. Leg pain signifies nerve-related symptoms, so if people have predominant leg pain, they will likely have better results as compared to predominant back pain. This is because predominant back pain could be due to reasons other than nerve compression. It could be due to arthritis of the joints or disc issues. Back pain does not have the same results as predominant leg pain. There's 80 to 85 percent success in studies that show improving leg pain due to nerve compression.

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