After many surgeon visits, advice, and help from this forum (especially from buckeyeback, scmguru, DNice), I think I am almost safe to say that I am not the best candidate for micro-d because of my BROADBASED POSTERIOR PROTRUSION.
I am left with one option (suggested by my surgeon), which is bilateral laminotomy or laminectomy, without micro-D at all. Does anyone here have any complications with just the laminotomy or laminectomy alone? I heard that if not done properly, it may cause spinal instability that may lead to fusion in later years.
I haven't discussed it in detail with my surgeon - something that I will do next week. I suppose the aim here is to cut out the lamina bone to create more space between the disc and nerves. Since it doesn't involve retracting the spinal cord, is there still a risk of damaging the nerves (i.e. the ones in the lateral recess)? Do I need to worry about scar tissues developing around the nerves and pressing on them?