The decision to consider back surgery should always come after trying nonsurgical or "conservative" options. Fusing an unstable joint is supposed to prevent motion that can cause pain, but it's a major operation that often fails to offer a lasting solution. As a result, fusion has become the poster child for expensive, risky & unnecessary back surgery. Despite that, the number of fusions has risen sharply over the years.
Before consenting to spinal surgery, consult with Triangle Spinal Decompression. We help patients were slipped, herniated or bulging discs avoid surgery altogether.