Hello , I wonder if I could get some guidance or opinions on alternative treatments before undertaking ALIF surgery. I have had a discography on L4/L5 & L4/L3 discs. The consultant who completed the procedure has told me that my lower back pain and thigh pain is due to damage to L4/L5 which has led to the L5 nerve being somewhat compressed . He has recommended ALIF surgery to L4/L5 vertebrate and a pedicle screw fix to L4/L3.
This procedure would be undertaken in 2 stages, stage 1 would be the fusion to L4/L5 and stage 2 , the pedicle screw fix.
I have done some research on the procedure and understand the risks associated with it. My concern is the length of time needed to recover and if the benefits will be worth it in the long run,
I wonder what alternative treatments there are for this ... I have been in pain now for almost 2.5 years and am not doing much in way of sport activity because of it.
I am 46 years old if it helps.
Thanks for reading