Hi John, I am very sorry to hear that you have this condition, because I have had 4 neck and 4 back surgeries and 2 of my back surgeries were 2 level.
What I can tell you or anyone; do not have surgerie unless it is absolutly
necessary. And I would get another opinion or 2 and let them read your MRI'S and scans. And the very best advice I can give to you: Don't let anyone operate on your spine unless it is 1st: A Neuro-Surgeon (they specialize in the spine and have many more years experience than an Ortho-S. 2nd: Make sure the the Neuro S. is well known for his work and has done it for awhile. Do some investagating...it will be time well spent. My Neuro
in Id. is very well know all over the State and he operated on the Govener so that was good enough for me. My 1st surgery was done by a Ortho Suurgeon,
and I had 4 -4 in. screws put in and he missed my bone everytime and screwed it in my nerves..I could not hardly walk for 8 Mo. That's when I got a Neuro-S.
It sounds like 2 years of pain you may need to do something before it gets much worse. I wish you luck John. YOU WILL BE FINE.
P.S. Mine was L5-S1 too. The 2 level will take alot longer to heal so take it very easy. Keep in touch. (I just had my last one 2 mo's ago.)
Write back anytime.