I’m 32 and I live in pain for over a year now – herniated L4 and L5/S1. I did PT, anti-inflammatory meds for about 3 months and no relief. About 6 months ago I had 2 epidural injections and no relief.
Went to a doctor last week again to see what my options are as living in pain 24/7 doesn’t sound like a fun life (I’m only 32). Out of all the possible options he recommended – laminectomy as the safest and said that by doing so I’m "not burning any bridges". Please note that he only recommended "laminectomy" and not "laminectomy/discectomy" as in his opinion "discectomy" is 50/50 and could accelerate my need for future surgeries such as fusion. The way he was describing it, it really sounded like a quick and easy procedure with quick recovery time.
I understand that this procedure will only give me leg pain and hopefully some back pain relief. It doesn’t completely take care of my back pain but I would like to give it a try and see what results I get from it.
What do you guys think? I’m going to another doctor for 2nd opinion but would love to get some feedback from you first. Is this really "not burning any bridges" procedure with minimal risk of any back related complication?
Thanks for all your help.