Topical thread.... I am on month 2 of my recovery from L4\L5 posterior lumbar decompression and laminectomy and yikes what a recovery journey (I'm only 48) but I earned the surgery after 25 years of heavy weightlifting ( 10 of which were spent competitively powerlifting ).
I went to the Hospital for Special Surgery because they seem to be the ONLY place at the moment that doesn't push fusion - seems we are in the midst of a 'fusion craze' IMHO and it just feels a bit unethical.
Anyways, in relation to this thread, I inquired with about 10 different surgeons and they all poo poo on MILD, Limiflex, Coflex etc. ..likely because those procedures are not performed by ortho or nuero surgeons, rather they are performed by pain mgmt doctors.
After going through it...the entire concept of spine surgery just feels like "pioneering" and never a perfect outcome or Cinderella story....nor do you often see 'one and done' ... maybe I'm just jaded.
Anyway, there is a search engine to find a MILD doc