I had a hemilaminectomy at L5/S1 in March. Due to degenerative disc disease, fixing the herniated disc didn't help. I am scheduled to have an ALIF, but my doctor said there's a "wildcard" because I already have chronic nerve damage in both legs. He said I will definitely feel better, but he isn't sure exactly what can be fixed because of the extent of the damage. Has anyone with chronic nerve damage ever had an ALIF? If so, how much did it help the constant pain?