I'm 51 presently, turning 52 this month. I've had 1 micro diskectomy and another scar tissue cleanup surgery already. I've been battling low back pain now for ay least 10 years and recently I decided to get back into bicycling as a means of staying active. I did a 50K ride back in May that stirred up some stuff pain wise and long story short, I have my L5 and L4 that have shifted forward.
I considered going back to the neurosurgeon who did the previous surgeries, but truth be told, I'm kind of angry with him for not fusing my back the first go around. He admitted he should have in bind sight, but felt that the joints were fusing themselves and wanted to play it conservative. This time I've chosen a orthopedic surgeon who wants to fuse S1/L5 and L5/L4. He wants to do an anterior and posterior fusion. I'm a bit nervous about having my organs moved around and the issues that come with that.
My wife, who has had the same neurosurgeon in her back three times now trying to get hers solid and is still battling crippling pain, thinks I'm insane for letting an orthopedic surgeon work on me. What's everyone's opinion as to who is the better? Admittedly the orthopedic surgeon has little private practice time under his belt, I've researched him the best i can and don't find much at all. The neurosurgeon has plenty of experience, but I haven't seen much good results, both my personal experience and that of my wife's. I have surgery scheduled for next Monday, I know it sounds like I've already made my mind up, but there's still time to cancel.
Anyone have an opinion?