First off i want to say I'm so sorry your going through this.
I had my first surgery when I was 23yrs.After 7 surgeries later now at age 53 im in pain management.
Please try that first. Just my opinion. Get a stimulater if that's what the dr thinks would work for you.
Once you start having surgeries it never stops.
I will you the best and God Be With You!!
My husband has the same issue, he's had 2 back surgeries and now a pin is broken in 2 pieces. His fusion limited twisting motion, because his back had to compensate, which his pain became so bad, he's unable to work in the field he loves. He's a chef, I'm a nurse. We've been married going on 31 years. The normal place for twisting he's had fused, he had no disc left so they placed a spacer to act as a disc, but his didn't heal very well, and now with this breakage. If he does much he requires a pain block.. Your body has to adapt to a fusion at that level which places the disc above ,to be at risk, and age and other factors plays a part in the healing process.
I had fusion and decompression surgery L4-S1 treating spondylolisthesis. I was told it was an emergency so I didn’t think I had any choice.
It hasn’t worked for me (I felt less pain for about 6 months and managed a short flight to the sun)
I agree with the replies you have received. If you have a choice, in my opinion, exhaust all other avenues first.
I had a disc fusion on L4-L5 in 2017. It has alleviated the majority of infringement on my spinal column. One dr said it was grade 2, however neurisurgeon said it was more a grade 4. Very big difference. Now L2-L3 are causing severe pain. I'm not sure I can do another fusion as the rehab hospital overdosed me on oxicotton. I stopped breathing twice, brain swelling & kidney failure. Its like if the condition or surgery don't kill ya the rehab facility will try. LOL I spent several days on another planet. I also need a fusion in my neck. I'm seriously looking for any other option. Epidural corticosteroids did nothing! I'm not sure I can do it again! I've lost 52 pounds & thats helped some but the aching & shooting pain is about to take its toll on me
I had l4&5 fused with a cage done 90 days ago due to spondylolisthesis. I waited 2 yrs and by that time I couldn't take 4 steps. Today I learned I’m the only one he has ever had that it wasn’t enough and now I need another screw put in from the front. It’s just my bones he said. 🤦🏻♀️ My legs Just wont work. I damaged too much waiting.