I had my fusion Jan 25th 2010.
When i was 13 i was sleding down and hill on a air tube. and hit a tree, with my lower back I could not feel my legs for many minutes and my friend was freaking out.
after that i had gone to many ciropractors, that worked hard to keep me about to more and keep L5 in line with the rest of my spine. well here in 2009 just before my wedding the ciropractor was no longer able to get L5 back out so the vertabray was pinched inward, and the disk was so smashed that when they went in to do suregery they had no choice but to remove it.
So Why do fusion?
well for me it was do it or lose my legs and be in a wheel chair the rest of my life. now i can do everything But i can't run very good Because it hurts.
Some of us think what else is our choice. It is a very good
idea to ask your doctor if their is any other options, But for some of us we have no choice.
With any surgery you will have Pain,,,and you have to work after surgery to be back to or closer to normal. But in the eend YOU ARE THE ONE THAT MUST MAKE THE CHOICE FOR YOUR SELF.