alternative procedures to (more) discectomies?
In the past twenty years I've had three (one very recent) in the L1, 2, 3, and 4 region and based on what my last neurosurgeon told me "I'll be back" for more. I am looking for alternatives, such as fibrin intradiscal injections (clinical trials might be over) or stem cell (mesoblast) clinical trials, or rhizotomy, or ... ? It would be great if there was a center out there somewhere that could act as a gatekeeper for alternative possibilities and provide much needed guidance. Has anyone had either of these treatments and are you willing to provide "lessons learned" or advice or recommendations?
(My back - which has bulging discs as well as past discectomies to take care of ruptured discs, has been variously described as arthritic, degenerative, "bad", etc.. I am only 57 years old, not overweight, ex-high scholl and college gymnast, who sees a steadily declining quality of life in the future for me unless I find some viable alternatives.)