I am new to this forum and am looking for some advice. I had a ruptured L5 S1 disc in 1/03 and had a microdiscectomy at that time. I have chronic back pain with some nerve damage in my left leg. Pain got worse in early '08 and I had facet injections that didn't help and then an epidural and PT which did help. In early '09 I had a second ESI which didn't help at all. My pain doc sent me to see a surgeon to see if I'd be a candidate for disc replacement. The 1st ortho said fusion so I got a second opinion who specialized in disc replacement. 2nd ortho said I was not a candidate due to bad facet joints. So fusion is my only surgical option. I'm 29 in good health with pain that requires vicodin and aleve every day(but usually only 1-2x per day). All my other discs looked good on MRI and discogram. Do I wait to minimize long term complications with a fusion or do I get it over with sooner to minimize how bad the recovery might be? I go back to see the original ortho on 7/20. What kinds of questions should I be asking?