I have been doing some reading lately about some of the options that were layed out to me by the orthopedic surgeon I saw a few years ago.
3 or so years ago when I saw him he recommended a Spinal Fusion or disc replacement. At the time I was 18 and was feeling really unsure about surgery so young and decided against it.
Here we are 3 years later and my new MRI shows progression of degeneration etc. I now have "discogenic changes to the vetebral body endplates". In my reading I have come across a few journals that mention a total disc replacement working by attatching the "hardware" to the endplates.
My question is, how would this be effective if you have changes to said endplates? Would this still be an option? I know nonw of us our doctors and have the answers
Im just wondering if anyone else has had this surgery with endplate issues.
As far as the spinal fusion, I have been told by other doctors that its not advisable since it can lead to degeneration at other spine levels. Since im only 22 now, I feel like risking further degeneration NOW is not such a good idea.
Any advice? I would really appreciate it. I will be speaking with some doctors hopefully in the next month or so but I would like to get some feedback from people that have actually been through it.