I'm scheduled for my first L4/L5 microdiscectomy on Saturday morning, and I think I might have overdosed on forum reading, as I'm pretty scared out of my wits at the moment
Even though my pain has been going down a bit, with an 18mm herniation my NS says that there are no indications that I will spontaneously recover, so I'm fully locked in at the moment.
One of my biggest fears here is that having this surgery will lead me down a road where a fusion will be inevitable, and I'm wondering if there has been any long term research done that can perhaps put my fears at rest.
I've read so many stories of failed MD's because of scar tissue or folks simply needing fusions down the line because the MD destabalised the disc and left it in a compromised state etc etc.
I know obviously everyone is different, but I could really use a reality check here if possible.
Hit me up!