My 47 year old husband has herniated discs at L4 / L5 and L5 / L6 and the disc above them was called 'ropey' by his surgeon. He has constant sciatica in his left leg also. and a bulging disc at cervical level.
His surgeon has offered a fusion of the two discs to the 'ropey' one. We asked him why he wouldnt fuse them all and he said 'because we only do a max of 2 here'.
Now I am not a Doc (obviously) but I cannot see that it would be a good thing to fuse to a 'ropey' disc. Surely this would cause more strain on it and cause future problems. ...am I right in thinking this?! It seems to be papering over the cracks to me. He also said it would be at BEST to expect only a 50% improvement in pain and 70% chance of it being worse.
We have not been able to find a surgeon who offers any surgical procedure except this one, and we have seen 4 top consultants in the last 3 years now. My husband feels this isnt the right operation for him but we have not been offered anything else, ever! He feels a disc replacement would be best but the Docs in the UK say more than 1 disc would mean it was too unstable for a multi-disc replacement.
What would you do? It feels like we would be going ahead with this just for the sake of doing something! I dont know, anyone any experience of fusions, disc replacements...or doing nothing even!
We are stuck here, we cannot get on with our lives...is this it?! Just live with it...any ideas?!
PS my husband is also Bipolar II and quite ill, this isnt helping!