New to this site and have a question. I herniated L4-5 in 2010 and had a discectomy which gave me very good relief and was able to return to full duty (I was a Fire Captain) I then re-herniated in 2012 and caused "Drop foot" to my left foot. I had emergency surgery because of the deficit in my leg. I had a posterior fusion at L3-4 and L4-5. 2 weeks after this surgery the doctor decided to "flip" me over and do additional fusion from the anterior. Actually that was his plan to begin with both anterior and posterior fusion but at different times. I am not clear why he decided to do them as separate procedures. It is now 2016 and I am having severe pain in my other leg that has me using a walker at times because unable to stand on my right leg do to the pain. Latest MRI shows new herniations above and below the previous ones. I see the surgeon again on Tuesday. Curious if anyone is aware if you can have another discectomy after a fusion or once you have a fusion all subsequent surgeries need to be fusions? My concern is where does it stop from fusion to fusion?