I am in a quandry here. I live in NZ, but am having my surgery in the US- Colorado, to be specific- in about a month. Just had an MRI and bending XRAY, CT SCAN in Colorado.
I have reherniated my disc, have another ruptured disc, and have severe sciatic unending chronic pain down my leg. I am being told by an number of good neuro surgeons that I need a double fusion because of severe ddd on two discs, among other issues. Basically a big mess.
I am trying to decide between standard fusion procedure( via a "revisionist" neurosurgeon specialist who has done over 1000 revision surgeries) with surgical entry via my back and XLIF ( another well respected but less experienced, less conventional neuro doc) in which my spinal column accessed from my side.
I have heard that XLIF is a less traumatic and painful surgery but have been told by the "revisionist" specialist who has done at least 1000 revision surgeries and has a great reputation, that he is concerned if he uses that XLIF method rather than the traditional method that he may not be able to "clean" everything up.
Have not been able to get tons of info that is not just from the company about XLIF and its success rates.
I am not even sure if the revisionist specialist does XLIF- he seems more like a traditionalist.
Any thoughts on which way to proceed? Anyone had XLIF with success or comments.
I would love to have a shorter, easier recovery and less trauma to my body but I am concerned that XLIF is just the lastest and greatest- with more risk of long term failure. I really want this pain to end, and for this surgery to succeed.
Any comments from others who have had spinal fusions?