I have leg and back pain and the back pain is more serious relative to my quality of life. Diagnosis is degenerative disc at L5/S1 and therefore bone on bone.
I have seen 2 surgeons. The ortho surgeon is recommending a laminotomy to free up the nerves in the L4, L5, S1 areas and while this addresses the leg pain he said I should also get back pain relief.
The neuro surgoen feels that minimally invasive fusion at L5/S1 will address the back pain and the leg pain would be addressed by creating the added space at L5/S1.
Anyone have any experience or comments on this. My fear is not reducing both the back & leg pain.