I had my L5-S1 discectomy last July & within 8 months I reherniated the same disc again. I'm 35 yrs old & had multiple crashes when I used to race motorcycles. I had couple surgeries on my left leg & the very first time I experienced pain in that leg, I simply tried to endure it thinking it was just pain from my other surgeries. Turns out I had herniated my disc & I had excruciating & radiating pain in throughout my left leg. I endured that for almost 6 months, before I went & saw a doctor.
This time around I went to the doctor the next day
. At first, my surgeon told me that since I was still recovering & that my nerve was under duress for a long time, it'd take some time. But the pain kept getting worse. Couple of weeks ago, my MRI confirmed another herniation. Apparently I fall in to that lucky 5-10% category. Anyhoo, the surgeon suggested another discectomy. Just to be sure, I went and saw another surgeon & he suggested an L5-S1 fusion. His statement - "your disc has proven to be unreliable, I wouldn't wait to find out if it can get worse". He acknowledged that they normally don't do fusion for someone my age, but he strongly recommended a fusion.
Both surgeons had their reasons for a different treatment option. But the decision is apparently mine, which is funny because these surgeons with over 60 years of medical experience between them can't come to the same decision & expect me to make one. I can't even spell the procedures correctly.
I wanted to ask here & see if anyone were in similar situation. And what was the decision they made & how did they reach that conclusion. Thank you.