I have been having trouble walking any distance for about 1 year. My feet become numb, my legs start burning, and then I lose strength and have to waddle home. I had a MRI done and the orthodpedic doctor said I needed surgery ASAP. Got a 2nd opinion from a neurosurgeon who also recommended surgery. The 1st doctor recommended a laminectomy with L3-5 fusion, the 2nd a laminectomy with L4-5 fusion. My MRI report on those 2 levels stated:
At L3-4 there is a broad-based left foraminal/extraforminal disc protrusion abuting the extraforminal left L3 nerve root. There is moderate narrowing of the left neural foramen at this level. There is no central canal stenosis.
At L4-5 there is bilateral severe facet artritis and mild grade 1 anterolisthesis. There is pseudodisc bulging at this level related to listhesis. There is resultant severe central canal stenosis and bilateral moderate neural foraminal narrowing.
I was wondering if anyone had any opinion of which surgery I should go with? Ther is also a small protrusion at L5-S1 and mild bulging at L2-3 and severe degenerative disc disease at T12-L1. I was wondering if I should do the L4-5 fusion and try to do exercises to try to keep the rest okay? Also I was wondering if anyone has tried the BackMagic and what they thought of it. Thank you.