Met with my surgeon again and it doesn't sound good.
He has performed 2 discectomys/laminectomys on my L5-S1 and removed as much pedicle bone as possible without making my spine unstable. I've completed the Med-X physical therapy program and jave had epidural injections and i still have horrible back pain along with some sciatica and toe numbness.
Seems my only option is a fusion now. I'm 28 years old so my surgeon wanted to exhausr all options before having to perform the fusion which he says he can do minimally invasely, he thinks he can get me out of the hospital in 3-4 Days
I'm in the process of getting a second opinion but I'm 80% sure the. Surgery is in my future. The original surgeon I saw recommend a fusion due to my chronic low back pain and my line of work, saying it would only be a matter of time. My disc still has good thickness but is totally dehydrated and black on my mri's. I also have stenosis to complicate things further.