First of all, let me just say that I know none of you are Doctors and can give medical advice. But, in the year that I have been hanging out here I have seen alot of thoughtful and insightful opinions given. There are alot of great minds on this forum and I sure would appreciate anyone who is willing to give me their thoughts and opinions.
I am scheduled for a laminectomy and fusion next week (Aug 13th).
Initially my NS proposed to use a product called "Optimesh" with screws for the fusion. The recovery for this type of fusion is estimated at 3-6 months. The surgery is "minimally invasive", one night hospital stay, brace for 3 months, BLT restrictions for 3-6 months. After doing some research I discovered that Optimesh is a fairly new product. Only been around a couple of years, so it's too soon for any success stories. However, there are some really bad stories out there (google it) including paralasis and death. I'm sure there are many positive outcomes, but as we all say...the success stories often move on, they don't post their results on the internet! :-)
So I phoned my NS office and expressed my concerns to the Scheduler (apparently she is the only person who can relay questions between patient & doc when you are pre-surgery). She finally called me back today (9 days later) and said that Dr. x understands my concerns and has proposed a second option.
The second option is an "open surgery" using a Medtronic "Crescent graph" and screws. This recovery is estimated to be 6-18 months. Brace & BLT restrictions for 6 months. This method is more "traditional" I guess you'd say.
And I guess I should mention that my NS is one of the BEST. And very capable of either method.
So...the big question! WHAT IN THE HECK WOULD YOU DO??
Thank you to anyone who has taken the time to read this long post! And thank you again if you take the time to respond.