Here is my diagnosis: Spondylosis at L4/L5 L5/S1
Spondylolisthesis grade 2
I did 2 years of radio frequency abrasions (RFA). They work wonderfully. In December I went in for my RFA and they were unable to get stimulation and after many try’s that day and many try’s another day they did the RFA anyway. I got no pain relief from that. So i was referred to an Ortho Spine DOC.
I have had 2 visits with the PA and will be meeting the surgeon in about 3 more weeks. They are suggesting that I will benefit from: Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) and Posterior interbody fusion and instrumentation (PLIF)
I am very tired of living with back pain but Im afraid that Im too young to start with this surgery Im 30.
If I decide to go ahead with the surgery what will be my downfalls 5-10 years from now?
Is there anyone out there who has been through this to give me and idea of what they went through?
Is this a good decision for me? I don’t know I thought I wanted the surgery until they told me everything that I would have to be going through.
Thanks for any responses.