During this operation, the surgeon removes bone that is pressing on the spinal nerves. The surgery is much less invasive today than it was even 10 years ago. Improved surgical technique and surgical instruments have improved outcomes with fewer complications.
But older adults do have an increased risk of complications and even death just based on age. And age often brings with it other health problems referred to as comorbidities.
Conditions such as hypertension, thyroid disease, and cancer are just a few of the comorbidities seniors face. Any of these problems can increase the risk of surgery. Having three or more comorbidities raises the risk of complications after spinal surgery.
Surgeons are well aware of these risks. The surgeon will carefully assess your mother to see if she is a good candidate for surgery. Age and comorbidities are two important factors to consider when deciding on the best treatment approach for spinal stenosis.