I have had a previous laminoplasy at the L5-S1 6 years ago. I tripped and fell and now after an MRI, it shows that I have a disc hernation at L4-L5 and L5-S1 both press on the nerve roots, explaining the ongoing leg pain- down into my toes. My doctor recommends a fusion. I am reserching my options- I am in extreme pain but have a family so I have to keep going. Please advise....yes you would or have had a fusion and why you opted that decision or no and why?? I need so direction from people who can understand the pain and frustration factors regarding back pain.