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Tiger underwent an "Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MIS ALIF) at L5/S1". I honestly wondered why he didn't do this before. You can have a few fusions and still turn plenty well enough to play golf. http://www.tigerwoods.com/news/2017/04/20/225438912/tiger-undergoes-successful-back-surgery-to-alleviate-pain
I've been plagued with a bad back for many years. I have a bulging disc and have been warned if I keep playing it will cause further damage. I'm not what they consider a "surgical candidate" now, but my back is giving me fits. I battle sciatic nerve issues and muscle fatigue every time I play. My chiropractor bill is sometimes as high as my monthly dues at the club. The point being, its becoming too much. If I keep playing I could end up having a surgery, and in the meantime I'm going through serious discomfort. My question is, should I just quit playing altogether and save my back?? Should I keep playing until I need surgery, have the surgery, and continue to keep golf as a part of my life?? (Question for people that have had a back surgery) Is it worth having a surgery? Will it be better on the other side?