I too have been leery of the fusion. Mine is actually my neck, not lower back like most articles seem to refer to. And don't really have pain so much as numbness & clumsiness of hands. Nope, not rushing at all, been 2 years since my diagnosis but seems like it's getting worse, maybe just more of the 'Golden Years.
You'd think that in this day of technology they'd have this type of surgery more like hip & knee replacement.
I did skim through the video site & bookmarked it.