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Back surgery (grade four slip)

retterrretter Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
HI,I have just discoverd this sight. The surgeon at my local hospital has told me ,i have a grade four slip,and need surgery.
I'm 37 years old and have had back pain for at least fifteen years,but more recently it has started to have a bigger impact on my everday life,unless ,plenty of co co damol are taken.
I also work in construction which dosent really help matters.

It would be, much appreciated to hear from anybody in a simlar situation to my self who has had undergone surgery, and get there angle on it ,althou i realize every case is slightly different.


  • Where are you from?
    Which level is your slip? I'm assuming in your lmbar spine.
    I have just had a spinal fusion on L4/L5 for a grade 2 spondylolisthesis. My recovery is going very well, far better than I expected. I was expecting the worst though. A grade 4 slip is almost certainly going to need surgery.

    Let us know more about yourself which will help us to answer you.
  • hi, my name is adam and im from the uk.
    glad to hear you are making a good recovery,how long post op are you? .

    I need to gather a bit more info about my partcular case.am not that clued up with all the medical terminology.
    So all i know at the moment is that it is congenital,an its severity is grade 4 and it is very near the base of the spine.

    Speedy recovery
  • Hi and welcome to the forum..I had a grade one slip at L5/S1 with ruptured disk...What caught my attention with your post is that the type of work you do ( construction )..I am 48 and started construction when I was 15 and the last 14 years as a commercial electrician.....over the last 10 years my back has been trouble some....the ruptured happened last October during work......After all was said and done , the state accepted the claim as an occupational disease....I was surprised by this , but it also made alot of sense....The state and my case worker have been more then supportive and helpful in this matter...when it 1 st happened I though I had another back strain , it wasn't till December when I had an MRI that I had learned I really hurt my back at work this time...some thing to think about , it might be work related....
  • Welcome to our forum.

    I had a spondylolisthesis (slip) L4/5 but not sure if it was a grade 1 or 2, but it was getting worse. I had a fusion (anterior - front) last October, and now I've got my life back again. My surgeon put a large cage in to jack up the vertebrae.

    For a grade 4, would think you'll need surgery, but do as much research as you can on this site.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • I thought you might be from the UK when I read of the Co- codamol.
    My surgery was on 19 th March.
    I had been trying to avoid surgery for a long time but wastold it would get worse and I would end up in a wheelchair because of the severe compression on my cord and nerve roots.
    My sciatica has gone now, so I am very hopeful :-)
    There are some great articles on this site about spondylolisthesis explaining the different grades of slip and what they mean. I believe a grade 4 slip is between 75 and 100 percent slip, so you probably have a pretty unstable spine that will need a fusion to stop it slippingfurther.

    Keep asking questions. You will learn a lot about your condition and get emotional help too.
    Take care
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