I am fused a the L5/S1 and now have arthritis at the level above causing stenosis and pain in my left leg and foot. Not near the surgery level yet but probably down the road somewhere. My doc says only surgical option is another fusion as I stated in a previous post. The disk is not ruptured, it's just the arthritis. Among other surgical options, can they really do artificial disks now above a fusion?
As I explore the forum I see people saying that you can have a fusion at L/5 S/1, like me, and still get artificial disk at the l4/l5 level. Heck, last I knew artificial disks were not even approved by the FDA those jerks. Yet my surgeon says fuse...is it only because HE can't do artificial disc I wonder? If that is the case he could at least give me the information. Doctors..I tell you.