I am considering having a Anterior Lumbar Fusion in a few months at the L5-S1 level.
I have had the laminectomy procedure twice ('02 and '09) on the disc and the neurosurgeon said that a 3rd time was a 50/50 shot and perfers not doing those surguries with those odds(I only got 3 months out of the '09 operation). Before my second operation and after it started again I have tried PT, cortizone shots,and acupunture with no success
My concern is the fact that I am a very active person, I teach Spinning at the Y and started doing Triathlons in '08 (have had to sit out the past two summers '09 and this year).
Because of this I am leery about the whole fusion and was hoping the Neuro would want to do a disc replacement but he does not like that. This is I need relief...have been dealing with this for a year and a half (including the 3 mo. period after my surgery end of June '09)...I have not had a decent night sleep w/o being medicating and have consistant tingling/numbness/shoting pain in the leg.
sorry about the long and probably meadering post...but thoughts?
Just looking for feedback and