Hi crazy4golf, Kathy/nini here, I am not a golf person, its one sport I have never had any wish to knolw either how to play or what people do when golfing, so I cant help you there. I do however have much experience in neurostimulators/and failed back surgery, (although my surgery was a lumbar laminictomy) which as I said failed, that was back in 1998.
In May of 2010 I had a neurostimulator surgery which is all things considered a relatively minor surgery. Has your doctor talked about having a trial stim before you have the actual surgery? I think it is important to have the trial done and I believe most surgeons do the trial before having the stim installed permantely. My stim (and I had a trial) was put in the left lower back, I have the same L4-5 and the first surgery the surgeon installed the unit to deeply. After much work trying to get it charged, it was decided that it had indeed been put in to deep.
So round 2, and we must remember that doctors just like us are human, I had another surgery to correct what happened. Again after much frustration (on my part very frustrating), but I am sure the doctor was also frustrated with himself. Unfortunately the second was no cure. I believe by this time much scar tissue and other things went wrong. So I am left with a very large battery pack (its not in me, I carried it around back and forth to my doctors office) the battery pack is needed to re-charge, if everything else is working correctly.
I highly recommend the trial before you make up your mind. I do believe that the neurostimulators have much potential to work and to work very well for many people. I did not have that experience, but onward I go.
I am trying to think if I was a golfer if having the stim would affect how you play, honestly since I know little about golf, I am speculating, but many others in this forum have had great results with stims, so I do think, and of course I am no doctor, that it may be a better option than fusion surgery.
I will say this, the healing time for the stim was not long at all and much less invasive than other surgeries since they dont go deep into muscle. I asked my doctor, as I was pleasently surprised by the recovery time, and thats what he told me. Even the second surgery that was supposed to correct the first was minimul recovery time.
So good luck to you, I am sure others will give you there good and maybe not so good opinions about the stim surgery, still as I said, much less invasive.
Take care, hope this helps some, make sure you are well informed about the neurostimulator surgery and how it might best benefit you.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson