I seen a surgeon for the 1st time yesterday (ortho). I also plan to get an opinion from a neurosurgeon. I have already exhausted PM options. I was not too happy about what he told me. He said I have central spinal stenosis at L4/5 that is almost completely closed. He also said I have spondylolisthesis. I have numbness in lower leg and very bad back & sciatica pain. He gave me a choice to have a laminectomy or a L4/5 fusion. Both surgeries really scare me. He said the laminectomy will help but the fusion will help quite a bit more. I don't know if I should try the laminectomy first or just go ahead with the fusion. The recovery times are a lot different.
Can anyone give me their thoughts on this. Help!
1 ESI, 2 Transforaminal Injections
Lumbar Medial Nerve Block
Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation