Recently, I rounded on two of my elderly patients on whom I performed surgery the day before. One of the patients was an 80-year-old female with an unfortunate history of having suffered back pain for 20 years. When I asked her how she was doing, she told me while smiling, “I would be dangerous if I was feeling any better.” The other patient was pain free as well and ready to go home, just one day after major surgery. After many years of back pain, the patient’s symptoms had vanished. Both patients received two-level interbody and posterolateral fusions after having failed repeated attempts of conservative therapy.
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