I am new to this site and joined hoping to have a better understanding of spinal fusion surgery. My mother has been in chronic severe pain for over a year. She's had two back surgeries las year. The second surgery was to correct the first surgery. Now she has developed severe debilitating pain down her left leg, nubness and tingling to leg and foot, crippled looking gait (because the left leg just gives out from under her). Her life style has become that of laying on the floor with heating pad and pain medications just to "take the edge off". Today, from recent MRI, we were told she needed a spinal fusion. This has me a little concerned and of course wants her to have a second opinion. She, of course, wants relief NOW!!!!- which I can't blame her. I've heard horror stories about spinal fusion surgery and have always been told to not let her have this done. I am concerned, however with the chance of permanent nerve etc damage. I would love for anyones input on this surgery. I know no surgery is guarenteed but I feel like we're at the end of our rope!!! Thanks!!!!!