I herniated my L5 S1 disc about a 2 years ago and had a microdiscectomy done to repair the herniation. I was pain free for a few weeks and now I am having constant back pain. I had an MRI last week and just went over the results with my doctor. Results show degenerative disc disease in me L5 S1 disc only. All other discs look perfect. My options are a full disc replacement or a spinal fusion.
My doctor is sending me to Boston to see someone that does the full disc replacement surgery. He says I am the perfect candidate. I am early 30's and I take very good care of myself. I eat a very clean diet and I exercise daily. I am in great shape currently as I am very active. I am not sure what would be the best option for me, disc replacement or fusion. or just deal with the pain.
I am interested in hearing from people who have either had the L5 S1 disc replaced or had these vertebrae fused. I am not trying to be rude at all here but if you have had a fusion or disc replacement surgery for anything other than L5 S1 I am not interested in hearing you opinion. Sorry if that sounds rude but disc replacement and fusions are completely different in different areas of the back/neck.
I have read on here that people are being told a disc replacement in L5 S1 allows for too much movement in the spine and that can cause complications.
If you have had L5 S1 disc replacement or fusion please let me know how it went and how recovery was. Even if you have spoken to doctors about these two options but have not had the surgery I would love to hear what they told you.
Thanks in advance.