I am a cervie, 3 level ACDF Plate and 8 screws however, I had a slight herniation according to my Neuro at L5. I lifted and air conditioner the other day and I felt it "blow out" I had an MRI done and the dr.Just informed me that it is completely shot. A piece has broken off the disc and it's flat. He claims the less invasive "discectomey" would be better to try initially,otherwise we're talking fusion...rods and screws. I have no left leg strength and he says if I do nothing my leg will worsen. Evidently,it's squeezing the S1 nerve root. He claims though that 1 in 3 will eventually need the rods and screws done. Should I do that now or opt for the lesser surgical procedure?