Today I saw my NS and we discussed the second opinion as well what they would do.
First I should go in for a ESI while I am waiting. So I will try to get on the books for that the week after next (even next Friday).
My trusted NS would recomend a Transthoracic approach t7/8 discectomy with fusion (harware)- lung deflated etc.
The second opinion wanted to do the t7/7 XLIF (no hardware minimally invasive).
My NS doesn't recommend the XLIF- he doesn't do them at all. He said he fix's too many and he sees too many go wrong. But if that is what I decide Good-Luck.
The XLIF is about 2 month recovery. 1-3 days in Hospital. The bigger fusion is 3-5 days in Hospital with 2-4 months recovery.
I still have to get one of my insurances to approve it. The attorney will help with that I am sure.