Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well. I may have posted this question before, and I know there are no answers to my questions. But I was wondering if anyone has run into the same problem. I have severe central and lateral recess stenosis at L4-L5 and possible autofusion at L5-S1. My nuerosurgeon wants to do a PLIF at L4-L5 and exploratory at L5-S1 with possible fusion. I have had 5 heart stents, started with 3 over 5 years ago, but have had 2 close up and had to be re-stented. My nuero will not do surgery until I come off of plavix for six weeks. I just returned from my cardiologist has requested I take all other avenues before considering surgery as there is significant risk of going off plavix. He said it is only a 5-10 percent chance of having a problem, but if I do have a stent close up, death risk is closer to 20-25 percent or open heart bypass if they catch it in time. I have tried PT several times, but still have problems. Has anyone tried any other solutions? I have had previous surgeries, so they will not try artificial disks, or minimally invasive techniques. My cardio says 2 weeks off plavix should be fine, but my neuro says he is adament about six weeks due to problems he has seen in surgery. Thanks for your input, have a nice day!