I had a L5 disc blow out the other day,DR. says it "broke" he says he can remove the piece or do a fusion w/rods and screws.My left leg and foot are numb and the calf muscle is hurting and weak. In Feb I had a cervical 3 level ACDFC3-6.
People are telling me now that if I'm gunna go in the hospital to have surgery,I might as well have the fusion because that will lessen the chances of going back,which may be the case if he just removes the piece.
I'm told by the Neurosurgeon and Neurologist if I do nothing, my leg will get weaker and weaker but they can't guarantee the nerve damage will get better.......at a loss