Well, I can no longer refuse to have another surgery. I am in too much pain and totally disabled. I am terrified. Planning to go with a different surgeon at a different hospital, on the grounds that the first surgery did this to me.
My first surgery in 2015 was a single level fusion L5-S1, but perhaps should have extended to L4-L5. Surgeon 1 considered it at the time of surgery but decided against it to be conservative. His plan for surgery 2 would be to do that level and maybe the next one up, too.
Second opinion surgeon said the same but also explained he is going to correct the angle of my spine and replace the existing metal rods with continuous ones. What about the screws— wont they have to come out, too?