G'day, about two years ago I had a microdiscectomy at level L5/S1. I now have another disc protrusion that is preventing me from holding down full time employment, among other things. My surgeon has suggested that this time he would remove the entire disc and let the vertebrae fuse naturally which he said could take 6-12 months, although I would be able to return to light duties after 6 weeks. He has recommended this procedure over a mechanical fusion due to my age (34) and general good heath.
I have been trying to find some additional information on this kind of natural fusion but have been unsuccessful so far. Anyone out there had this procedure done before and if so how did it go for you, any pain as the vertebrae rub on each other before the fusion takes?
Any feedback appreciated,