Ive just been recommended that after numerous intervention, a ALIF for L5/S1 is an option for DDD and failed previous microdiscectomy.
My consultant has told me to go back to see him in 6 weeks with plenty of questions to ensure I am happy to proceed then he will put me on the waiting list (uk).
One thing im trying to find info on is how long a fusion may give benefit for. He's given me a 60-70% chance of being better, which i think is fine. My only concern is that he says being only 29, I may only have the benefit for 5 years?
Anyone heard this, or any indications on how long benefits can last?
L5/s1 discectomy & decompression 2009
ALIF l5/s1 2011
Awaiting X-ray & consultant to see if fused, but experiencing a lot of pain again