I have gotten a few opinions on the matter and need some help from some people that have experienced this. Quick background, 27 year old male married have a 7 month old daughter have been in a lot of pain for the better part of a year now with 2 large herniations at L4/L5 and L5/S1 . Have tried epidurals got some relief in the legs but nothing in the back itself. I am in construction and very active person always working out doing things around the house etc.. so being out of commission is been very hard on me and my family. One doctor wants to try the microdisectomy first he says I "might" get some relief but it puts me at risk of reherniating and if that doesn't work then they can always do the fusion. The second doctor doesn't think the microdisectomy will help because he thinks the pain in my back is more related to the advanced DDD I have in those discs. So he said he would rather go right to a 2 level fusion to avoid an unnecessary surgery. I completely understand both opinions and I understand that based on my age the one doctor would rather not fuse right away. But he even said that normally with someone in my line of work with my activity levels that they would go right to the fusion. I have a kid, this is effecting my job, its effecting my mental health and I know what I want to do but I am afraid of the repercussions of having a 2 level fusion at my age with my line of work and what not that I will be opening up a can of worms. I was just wondering if anyone has been in a similar situation and what they decided on doing and how it worked out for them.