I saw surgeon one on Tuesday. After reviewing my MRI, x-rays, examining me and talking about my pain levels and limitations he suggested a laminectomy and a fusion of L3 and L4. A six hour procedure. I've had surgery before, but none of the procedures lasted that long. I'm a little fearful of being under for that long. He did say that a laminectomy, about two hours, would only serve to relieve the pain of compressed nerves, while doing nothing for the herniated discs. I will see surgeon two on Monday for a second opinion. Has anyone opted for a laminectomy and left herniated discs alone? What was your result?
Has anyone had the laminectomy and fusion at the same time? What was your result? Feedback please!