I'm new to forum and looking for some help with my decision. I am set on L5 -S1 fusion since I've managed my back injuries and pain for 7-8 yrs successfully but now cannot the last 1&1/2. But I haven't decided on the Dr. nor more importantly, the procedure. My trusted spine surgeon would do anterior open surgery for this. I may prefer minimally invasive if it effective enough. What minimally invasive techniques are available for real fusion? I read anterior is riskier to nerves than open. Lateral sound good to me but I wonder if that is strong enough for successful fusion without additional stabilization. Does anyone have experience with minimally invasive fusion and what type of procedure it was?