I was talking to my SIL and she was afraid of getting a discectomy because she thought then she might need future back surgeries. However, she told that in addition to a herniation, her disc was degenerating. I told her that she may do the discectomy and only find that 2-5 years down the road the disc does fully degenerates and she needs a fusion.
My doctor said that the fusion puts added stress on my other discs and already saw a tiny bit of degeneration in L4/L5, so I wonder if I will need another fusion down the road too. I also broke L1 and now that disc is at risk.
So, I am curious as to how many people had to get another fusion due to a different disc degenerating or because they got something like a discectomy on a disc that was degenerating anyway?