My 78 yr old mother had lower back pain, she walked just fine, lived independently and had a job. Her doctor suggested a laminectomy w/ spinal fusion. She had the surgery and during the procedure he nicked the dura that protected the spinal cord and she leaked CSF for several months afterward, 4 additional procedures were performed to stop the leak, she also suffered many side effects from the multiple procedures and now will never walk again. Later the surgeon admitted that she was not a good candidate for the surgery because of her weight it made it difficult for him to see into the cavity and her other underlying medical issues. He said he would never do another surgery like that again. He said he didn't detect the nick during the procedure because of her size and his limited visibility
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