Hi. My husband had a partial disc removal 13 years ago at L4 L5 after the disc herniated and has had continuous back pain at varying degrees of pain. He would have episodes of what we thought was back muscle spasms, which would as he calls it, "take his legs out from under him". This would result in visits to the doctor, anti-inflammatory meds painkillers, and muscle relaxants, legs elevated and bed rest.
Over the last year these episode have become more regular. We saw an Orthorpaidic Spinal surgeon yesterday, did MRI and EMG. Results show that he now has a herniated disc a L5 S1, bone degeneration at L4 L5, but also nerve damage causing drop foot in his left leg.
They are now wanting to perform a fusion on L3 L4 L5 S1. The risks as we understand it is really high. They say if he doesn't have the procedure he could suffer permanet paralysis of the leg, L5 vertebrae can become unstable.
We are not sure if the benefits of the operation outways the risks, especially as he has been managing his current condition for so long.
We would appreciate any advice on how to move forward with this.
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