Re: Concern and confusion
I thought I noticed an another post that you were having surgery on the 29th...which leads me to believe you have chosen your surgeon. Are they both ortho spine surgeons?
I don't know what the advantages are -- or maybe I should say, I don't know what the two doctors are thinking in terms of which approach would be better. I've had three surgeries, all going in from the back over the same incision, and I know what the benefits are, but there are probably also some reasons for NOT doing that...I just don't know what they are.
In general each approach has advantages and disadvantages. I guess I would make my decision based on the surgeon and the hospital. Both approaches have about the same rates of success, and I don't think one is necessarily "easier" to recover from -- since you've already had your back muscles sliced, you know what that is like.
Let us know if you have specific questions. I'm not quite sure what information you are looking for....