Re: back pain
Spondylolisthesis is the movement of one vertebrae over another. So I am not sure any of the laser type surgeries would be a good option - as the problem is not solely a disc issue. I had a fusion for spondylolistheses - it pulls the "moving" vertebrae back into correct alignment to alleviate nerve pain and associated pain.
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08