I am new to this forum. I am trying to get some opinions from people that have had simular issues have myself.
I am trying to figure out which treatment to choice from for my herinated disc between L5-S1. I have two choice that were offered to me through the VA Hospital( I am a disable vet). The VA has given me the choice of either a Discectomy or a spinal fusion. My nerosurgeon said that given my situation and age, I'm twenty five, that the discectompy would offer the greatest benefits as of right now.
I have thought about disc-repleacement, but the VA won't pay for that, so that's pretty much out of the picture, plus it's a new procedure and there not enough information to base any actual thoughts of doing that surgery just yet.
To give a better picture, the last MRI I had and examination, showed the following.
1. Herniated disc bewteen L5-S1
2. Degenerative disc disease in both L5-S1 and L4-L5.
3. The disc in L4-L5 is starting to become herinated as well.
4. Lumbar lordosis
I have been living with this condition for over Five and a Half years, but only recently has it gotten to the point were it is causing to much pain to sleep, walk, sit or do anything and pain medications are not helping. So now I am left with surgery.