I am a 34 year old male. I've have a injured lower back - it happened in 7th grade. Doctors didn't know what it was, so I ended up building up strong core muscles and putting on a back brace and getting back in to sports in a couple of years. My back was fine for a long time after that - i think mostly due to maintaining strong core muscles for support. The last few years my back has been hurting more and more. I went to a chiropractor a couple of years ago after throwing out my midback, and his X-rays revealed spondylolisthesis, about 50% slippage. An MRI earlier this year showed that the cavity where my sciatic nerve is as being pretty much crushed by the spondy. I have all healthy discs besides the S1L5, and I'm scheduling L1S1 fusion surgery this winter some time so i can get on with being active and living a full life.
anyway, you search the net and find horror stories about back surgeries, but i suspect that most people logging on are those who have had bad experiences. Is there any positive feedback out there for this surgery? and what should I expect my recovery to be like? how long should I take off work (I'm a construction manager).
any positive but realistic feedback would be appreciated.