I see my surgeon on the 17th to finally get a date for L5 S-1 fusion. I've read on another site that this proceedure is "Barbaric" and in most cases NOT necessary.I'm confused and scared now. I have extreme hip,leg and back pain since i re-herniated the L5. I had a micro'd on this disc and was better but reherniated. I feel that i'm out of options,that the fusion is my last chance to finally have some relief.
The Neuro says I'm a "Good candidate"for this. Can one take care of themself after this surgery, such as using the bathroom and such? I live alone. I know i'll need some help afterwards but will i be able to do the basics? Should I re-consider? A friend of a friend had this done and he is 100% better and can jog and run. I know its individualized of course but when i hear these success stories I just wanna go for it,but then I hear horror stories,,,I;m lost&confused.Comments please?