I had my first fusion with an Orthopedic Spine surgeon and my revision with a Neuro-spinal surgeon. With the nerve issues you are facing, I think that I would go with a Neuro spinal surgeon instead of the Orthosurgeon.
That's just me and my experiences. I was left in bad shape with a post op CES case after my first surgery and while the surgery went well, he was more concerned with the technical aspect of the surgery, rather than the new , sudden onset of spreading nerve damage I was experiencing, which is why he missed the CES.
My neuro tried to go back and redo my fusion which never took, and repair some of the damage but unfortunately for me, it was too late.
Or you can consult with both and see if they are at least in agreement about what should be done. See which one you feel more confident in. Anyone considering spine surgery, should have at least two consults with another surgeon to see if they agree with the game plan.......
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..