Posted: 23/07/2014 at 08:16
Hi Paul, I'm 7 weeks post surgery following a similar problem. However as an alternative to fusion my consultant fitted 'cofex' supports to my L3/4 and L4/5 disks which were all badly degenerated. These titanium supports are amazing, but I guess it depends on how had your disks have become. I'm now fighting for again, using a cross trainer happily for an hour a day and very much Looking forward to getting back to running.
Could be worth mentioning them to your surgeon as an alternative? I'm no expert of course and can only go what my surgeon said, but they seem to be something that is used for the more active patient! Good luck!