I'm a new member and I really appreciate this site! I'm 34 and have had two microdiscectomies at L4/L5 & L5/S1. I have DDD and once again these levels have herniated and are causing nerve damage. Surgeon said only fix is surgery. He advises ADR @ L4/L5 and fusion at L5/S1. Ins. denied, which surgeon expected. Surgeon says ins will want 2 level fusion. However he said my L3/L4 isn't good and 2 level fusion would cause that level to go bad faster and require another fusion within a year. I'm not sure what to pray for (of course a miracle would be GREAT). Ive been off work and in intense pain for 3 months. Tried 3 injections, each time it made pain worse. Physical therapist stopped therapy after 2 weeks due to increase in pain and fear of permanent nerve damage. Surgeon not in favor of 3 level fusion. I'm looking for advise!
2007 and 2010 L4-S1 Microdiscectomies; helped for a total of 3 years between the 2 of them.
10/03/2012....back reconstruction L3-S1...large titanium "seperators" were put at each level with synthetic bone graft material.