I had a mircodisectomy 5 years ago at L5-S1. Two weeks ago I reherniated the same disc while swimming. My doctor has me in physical therapy which seems to make the pain in my legs and back worse but I can move more then before. I had a nerve root block last Friday which did not work in fact the leg pain got worse. My doctor has suggested a fusion. Can they not do another microdisectomy? I am only 28 so I would think that even a disc replacement would be better then a fusion. Before my microdisectomy I led a very active lifestyle biking, running, and swimming for exercise. I would like to be able to do this again and I heard that a artifical disk would allow me to. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am not sure if my insurance will cover the artificial disc but my husband and I are willing to foot the bill if it means shorter recovery and getting an active lifesytle back.