Question: Will I need an additional spinal fusion surgery years from now?I have degenerative discs at L4 - L5 in my lower spine and have been told that I may need a spinal fusion to address the problem. I have also been told that in a couple of years after the spinal fusion, I may need the same surgery to repair the disks above the original surgery, because of the pressure it will put on those discs, causing them to fail. It sounds like a domino effect to me and I wonder where it will stop. Is this true and is there anything that can be done to avoid this? I have read all I can about disc replacement with flexible disks, but I am not finding much information that sounds promising.
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