I was recently diagnosed with Grade II Spondylolisthesis, with a 35% slippage of L5 over S1 because of a pars defect. I just had my MRI this morning but know there is nerve compression from my symptoms and a previous compression of my ulnar nerve. I had been told for the past 2 years I had hip bursitis by two orthopedic doctors. It was the 3 orthopedic doctor, hip specialist, who found the true problem.
I have seen a neurosurgeon, specializing in spine surgery, who said I could try conservative treatment but he would not recommend it and surgery, fusion with hardware and possible decompression depending on MRI, would be the best treatment option for me at this point.
I also have an appointment this Friday at the Spine Center of an area hospital with an orthopedist.
I'm wondering if there is anyone on here from the Baltimore area who has had this same problem? I have checked out the doctors I am seeing but only know 1 person who has had back surgery to get a personal recommendation and that was for the neurosurgeon I saw.
I'm also wondering as far as getting second opinions, would anyone recommend getting two opinions from both neurosurgeons and orthopedists?
Any help would be appreciated. I'm so glad to have found this message board and have already gotten so much helpful information from reading everyone's experiences, both good and bad.