I'm scheduled for a one-level minimally invasive TLIF already. They will be operating on my L4/L5 and leaving my other smaller herniation at L5/S1 alone. We hope that since my L4/L5 is much, much larger and seems to be the source of most of my pain according to my discogram, I will not need them to go back in and surgically correct the other one. At first I was confident in my decision to only get one level fused, but now I'm starting to wonder why I shouldn't just get both done at once?
Can someone tell me what they think about how I'm doing things? My orthopedic surgeon wants to try the "less is more approach" and my uncle who is also an orthopedic surgeon but lives far away has agreed with this as well. I'm sure it has to do in some part with my age, since I'm 26 and nobody wants to do too much to me it seems.