A youngish man in private practice. He follows the "gold standard." Incision down the middle of the back, rods and screws. It truly is proven.
He also suggested that I try cortisone injections at the nerve roots before considering surgery because they should diminish my pain and help buy some time.
I scheduled the injections, which he did himself at a surgery center in the building.
A wise piece of advice: Change your procedure appointment if your doctor was sick the day before!
I thought, "What could go wrong? All he is doing is injecting anti-inflammatory medication." Well, he could have nicked a nerve with the way I was limping and had searing pain down my leg. I also bruised large and deep down to the nerve, which took weeks to go away. It was months before I started to feel like I might be back to normal again.
I don't think I would ever do an injection again. However, some people do really, really well. One of my colleagues got them regularly for the arthritis in her foot before retiring and having a fusion done.