I just finished up a whole day of testing and pre-op stuff. I found out that instead of doing a single level fusion at L5-S1 (recommended from just the X-Ray), the surgeon decided after seeing my MRI that he wants to expand it to:
L4-S2 : Laminectomy
L3-S1 : Fusion
L5 : Cage (Bohlman Technique)
Whew. I was scared before, now I'm beyond scared and just plain numb. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, the MRI results were terrifying (shows L5 and S1 crunched right together, no disk at all, with L5 mangled and broken looking).
Surgery is this Friday, just 4 days away. I am exhausted from just trying to understand what my life will be like post-surgery