In 1989 I had a discectomy on L5S1 and now the warranty has worn off the surgery. My L5S1 are now bone on bone and deteriorating (basically crushing each other) I have pain which is occasionally extreme and dibilatating however I am able to function. I have continuous numbness in my left leg for the entire length and back pain almost continuously. The pain is also present now on the right side on a greater number of occasions.
My question: Would it not be best to have spinal fusion L5S1 now while I am extremely healthy and in shape before I deteriorate with continual pain and loss of function?
My Doctor told me that I could live with it or have fusion... I am leaning toward fusion earlier than later...
Any input would be greatly appreciated.