After conferring with his partner, the neuro said yesterday that my husband has two choices: lumbar fusion possibly followed by a nerve implant(?) or nerve implant followed by a future fusion. Levels S1, L5, and L4 will involve disk replacement (is that BMP?)and bone grafs. L2 and L3 will have screws. There is no point in going further up the spine because there is so much DDD all the way up. I guess that's the good news because he said there will be a definite reduction in pain.
Here's the sorta-kinda bad news: When the nerves start to recover, dh's knees will start becoming more painful (guess they just weren't painful enough) and he'll want to move quickly with his ortho on a TKR. THEN! After that surgery, dh can move on to a cervical fusion. Ain't that lovely?
His neuro finally admitted that dh is likely never going to be able to be well enough to return to work.
I have a question. We went over some cost with the neuro. Here's what he guestimated: Lumbar fusion:$200,000, TKR: $60,000, Cervical fusion: $100,000 +. When dh reaches his lifetime max in about 5 years (he'll only be 50), how in the world will we be able to keep him insured?
BTW, since he'll have 3 cages, do we have to bring a monkey home in them? Myspine has me skeert now!