Hello. I am new here. I have been plagued with severe back pain for years following multiple car accidents. I have tried every non-surgical method with no success. I finally got an MRI last month and got referred to a neurosurgeon. He said I was a good candidate for surgery. The surgery he's going to do is a transforaminal interbody lumbar fusion. He has explained the surgery, but I'm not sure about surgery because I fear the surgeon may accidently sever a nerve and cause permanent paralysis.
I know that is unlikely. But I still fear just about everything about this surgery. But I am so sick of being in so much pain all the time. I lose sleep for hours at least 3 times a week. I am willing to go with surgery after my neurosurgeon showed me the images from my MRI. I have a herniated disc, torn ligament, nerve damage, and spinal stenosis. What I can obviously see, which is the exact area of most of my pain and my worst pain. I basically have no disc space at my lowest lumbar vertabrae.
Any advice or info or experience? What can I expect?