My predicament is this: I am slated to have a L5 S1 fusion and ProdiscL ADR done soon. Insurance does not cover ADR and would cost 18K out of pocket. Both discs are shot (discogram confirmed) but L5 S1 is the main culprit of my pain. I have been reading posts and am now having second thoughts about ADR. If is goes well then fantastic for me, however it seems a good deal of people have problems, BIG problems, and the revision can be life threatening. I want to avoid a double fusion at this time. (I'm 33 with two small children, and am or should I say was, very active before back probs). I am now considering having the fusion at L5 S1 and living with it until L4 L5 becomes a bigger pain in the a**, I mean back
and having that fused later (like 40's or 50's) Any thoughts about the risk of having two surgeries, I feel like what's the diff, if I had them both fused then I would probably need L3L4 done in 10-20 yrs considering my lifestyle, so I feel I might be buying some time. Any thoughts please, maybe you can spare me the insurance appeal hell I am going through!
(herniated L4/L5 L5/S1 in the Air Force, have been through conventional treatment ringer for 3yrs with worsening symptoms, yada yada)