I met with two well respected neurosurgeons with different opinions. After reviewing my MRI I was told that I would need a L5 S1 Fusion. The second surgeon said he would recommend a Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion.
Both surgeons said that the rest of my disks were in excellent condition, just the L5S1 disk. below is the MRI report;
Conclusion: Chronic bilateral L5 spondylolysis contributes to grade 1 L5 S1 spondylolisthesis and moderate to severe left and less so right foraminal stenosis. Slight mass effect upon the L5 nerve roots. No soft disc component.
The surgeon who recommended the ALIF was very confident in his opinion and said he has done hundreds of them.
Is hundreds of them alot?
I would prefer the ALIF which is less invasive. Should I get a third opinion?