As some of you know I had a microdiscectomy back in August on L5-S1. I never really got relief (maybe a little week 2 as I did come off pain meds). Long story short, at week 10 we did an MRI and it was clear I had another mass of disc pressing on the Sciatic nerve.
I was getting mixed opinions on revision MicroD or Fusion.
Of course pressed for time with holidays and pending change to my healthcare which will greatly impact the cost to ME, I was confused, feeling pressure, and overwhelmed.
Thanks to this board, I took a breath.
I have done a ton of reading, talking, consulting, and had more than my fair share of opinions from doctors. I even called my current surgeon back to tell him of the conflicting information and he spent a good 20 mins on the phone with me to explain why he was suggesting a revision as well as how, if cost was an issue, they could help and how if needed he would transition my case to an in-network doctor.
So ...my patience paid off. Today I met an NS that agrees with my OrthoSpine Surgeon (as well as 1 other NS).
He spent quite some time with my husband and I explaining how he was reviewing my case and situation and what he looks for. He answered a ton of our questions about the "what ifs".
I am really hesitant on a fusion at this point b/c my pain just doesn't seem to warrant it. However, medically I could understand why some surgeons were pushing it. It's catch 22. One will fix my current issue but has a liklihood to create other issues. The other has a risk of not fixing my issue but is less invasive and considering my history, I still have a good chance of it working if I take recovery and modified life style seriously.
I have decided to try the revision surgery. The doctor said he would just assume I plan for January unless my situation becomes urgent.
Even after making his recommendation (which is the one I hoped he would make) he was still willing to answer my questions about the revision and the fusion.
The most important thing is I have a comfort level with him similar to my current surgeon (who is out of network) (and more so his partner who I really wanted to do the surgery). And this surgeon was the first one my husband felt comfortable asking questions to so it's one we both trust.
I will keep everyone posted but I'm going to try the revision. I want to thank you for your help and support.
I will still continue to read/research/etc. but just wanted to update you.