I have made the decision to move forward with surgery to have my L5-S1 fused. So I called the surgeon's office yesterday to schedule. His nurse asked if I had decided on a 360 or PLIF. I was a little dumbfounded..... A week and a half ago when I talked about surgery with the doctor, he said that it would be a PLIF. Of course we talked about risks of another incision, recovery etc, and I thought we were in agreement to only perform the PLIF.
Is this an odd question from the nurse? Am I missing something? Lastly..... I've seen many success stories for both a 360 and a PLIF. Any thoughts from the group as to the advantages of one over the other? My doctor said that the main advantage of the 360 is that he gets better access and can ensure things are cleaned out better and better access for putting the cage in. Long term success, at least for him, has been about the same for him.
S1/S2 fused naturally
L5/S1 has the retro