Re: L4-l5 microdiscectomy/l5-s1 laminectomy
Hello, and welcome to the board. I would suggest that you talk to the doctor you choose and go over all options. Having a fusion versus a mirco isn't any guarantee that you won't ever have more problems. That is dependant on so many variables that it isn't possible to predict. That's why choosing your surgeon carefully is so important....you need to feel that you can trust his opinion as to what procedure is best for you.
As for your medication worries, that, too, is something you need to go over with your dr. I don't know what you are taking now, but if it is really powerful, you may need to cut back prior to surgery. It's a legitimate worry so I would most definitely discuss how your dr. plans to control your post-op pain.