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I was 38 when I had the non fusion procedure. I had 5 doctors here in Nashville tell me fusion was my only option. I scoured the internet and actually found my doc- Dr. Merrill Reuter in Lake Worth Florida- on an archived post from this site.

FOR ME, I felt like anything I could do that would relieve my pain and keep my vertabrae/discs intact at my age was the way to go. With continual improvements in medical technology, i.e. the advent of artificial discs, I chose to make fusion the absolute last resort. Once you remove the discs and fuse the vertabrae together, there's no other option. 16 months later and counting, so far so good.

Good luck


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