I'm having a TLIF done on my L5-S1 soon. Im hoping to get any encouragement from you all who have had this done. I'm pretty freaked out about it.
Im 20 years old and have been diagnosed with a severe Pars 5 Defect as well as Sponylolisthesis in the same area. My Pars is a break right above the left facet joint within the L5 and the Spondy consists of a 3mm slip forward. Lots of pain in my lower back traveling down my left leg and into my foot. I also have severe weakness in my left leg as well as numbness in my left foot.
I'm trying to get myself mentally prepared for the surgery as best I can.