Just be aware that there is a great deal of controversy on the topic of surgery for back pain without neurologic loss. Recent new devices, artificial disc, intervertebral spacer have to date not proven superior to traditional treatment of fusion and fusion has a long history minimal improvement of symptoms and more importantly return to work.
THe fact that there are more and more spine surgeons every year and increasing incidence of chronic back pain patients in our ever more sedentary and deconditioned population has led to the medicalization of the normal human experience of back pain. There has been no studies that have demonstrated any long term benefit for much of the surgery we see being performed these days. Be careful what you wish for.
POR ( physician of record)