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this is a difficult situation.
spinal stenosis surgery can be difficult in an 88 year old man
has he consulted with a neurosurgeon?
he also needs a brain MRI scan and neurological workup from a neurologist.
depending on his overall performance status and the condition of his heart and lungs, these may determine if he is able to have neck spinal stenosis surgery to correct the stenosis.
parkinsons can cause trouble walking as well. I assume he is on parkinsons medications.
Emory is a good hospital.
did he see a neurosurgeon or neurology doctor about his symptoms?
is he living at home now or in a nursing home?
what did neurology say?
when is his next appointment with neurology?
I take it he hasn't seen a neurosurgeon and no surgery is planned?
he should try medications for parkinsons and see if that helps his symptoms of gait
and you should get copies of his hospital records and see if he had a brain and neck spine MRI scan
you should take him back to the neurologist for follow up after his hospitalization.