I injured my lower back again last February and have had two operations so far, both were either unsuccessful or I had reherniations quickly after wards. I have very bad pain and my old surgeon sent me to a different surgeon who specializes in the more complex spinal surgeries. This surgeon told me that a fusion was really my only surgical option at this point. I knew this and was prepared to go ahead with it. The surgeon however did not sound to confident at all. He seemed worried about my age, 29, and about how much improvement the operation would acheive. He told me that after the operation I may still need to be on my meds. He also told me about the increased stress the rest of my spine will take on and also that theres a chance I could end up worse after surgery. The surgeon IMO seemed worried that the surgery would not work. He told me there was a herniated disc there which looked to be the problem, but since Ive had two surgeries which did not work that may be scaring him that the fusion will not for some reason either. He really seemed to be trying to get me to not go forward with it. He told me there was normally about a 60-70% chance of success with my sort of pain but that I have had many inujuries to the area and many surgeries which may make my chances less. He's worried that my S1 nerve root may have permanent damage to it.
Kind of unexpected, I told him Id talk it over with some people and make my decision. He's willing to go through with the operation but now Im having doubts. Hard to picture myself having to take medication like I do for the rest of my life.