Re: Laminectomy vs. Fusion
I have Spondylolisthesis, and am currently awaiting an appointment with an ortho pedic surgeon. I also plan on getting an opinion from a nuero surgeon. I had been working with a regular orthopedic Doctor, but the conservative approaches for pain management are not working, so I am being passed along for surgery.
Although I haven't met with the surgeon yet and do not know what approaches he will take, I am expecting to have a fusion. As far as I know, a fusion is the only thing that will fix the spondylolisthesis. I would personally opt for the fusion. It is a longer and harder recovery, but it's worth it if it is more likely to take care of the problem.