Not to interject, but I had a lumbar fusion a year or so ago with one of those few surgeons, and I cannot stress enough how much of a difference it made. I am entirely pain free and cleared to jump out of airplanes (not that I want to, however).
I would name the surgeon, but am not sure that’s allowable here.
Sorry but cannot name names here.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.