Do not be afraid. There are many success stories out there. Get a great neurosurgeon whose reputation you have checked out. I am 65 and had a laminectomy and spinal fusion of two discs 1-1/2 years ago. There were no other options, as I was in terrible pain and walking at a 90 degree angle. It took almost a year to 'get back to myself,' but I'd be in a wheelchair now if I hadn't had the surgery. Follow all post op instructions very carefully. If you are into sports, my advice would be to stop them entirely. Take life easy - my back is at 75% of what it used to be, which is the max they can promise. I encourage you to have this surgery!View Thread
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