Advanced DDD with severe facet arthritis
My L5 disc is totally compressed but the L4 looks pretty good. The facet joints on L4 and L5 are horrible. My surgeon advised me that I was not a candidate for disc replacement because of the L4 facets. He said he would fuse L4 and L5. Can something be done for the facets without fusion? He also said it would not be a minimally invasive surgery. I was overwhelmed and didn't ask why. He sent me to this website for research and stated I would have a lot of questions for him on my next visit. I am to have an EMG prior to that visit too. Does anyone have any feedback, advice or warnings for me?