Re: back surgery
Have you sought out consultations with a few more doctors? With all of those levels involved you may want to see additional neurosurgeons and/or orthopedic spine surgeons. My worry would be creating a mutli-level unstable spine if you have multiple micro discectomies.
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