My husband, who just turned 40, has been stressing over a Neurosurgeon's diagnosis and recommendation for an ALIF and a possible Posterior Lumbar Fusion.
His MRI revealed he has a bulging disc between L5 and SC1. There's protrusion into the nerve root causing numbness in his leg (no pain).
In addition, the neurosurgeon believes there is a tear in disc between L5 & L4.
He wants to do a discogram to pinpoint the problematic areas.
Here's the issue:
He's in excellent physical condition and until a week ago was physically active mountain biking. This appointment has really messed with his head. He feel like his body is sticking tomb bomb and the disc is going to burst at any moment. The idea of an extreme surgery and the rehabilitation time after is also overwhelming. He has numbness in his leg but no pain. His back has minimal pain.
Anyone else in this scenario?
Is it possible he'll be in worse shape after the surgery?
If you have personal experience with this or had success with surgery or a different treatment please share it with me.
Thank you so very much!