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Pars defect at L4 and L5 with bilateral spondy

dmtim70dmtim70 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 1:43 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am not sure but I have pars defects one on top of the other at L4 and L5. I am very confused as my surgeon says this isn't very common and that it is usually bilateral pars defects. I have also ddd and bulging discs along with stenosis on my left side. I have been in constant pain now for well over a year. My husband is against a fusion but i have now seen 3 surgens all the the same conclusion: spinal fusion. Is there anyone else out there that has this?? Any help is appreciated as I am new to the board as well.


  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You'll find a lot of information here including articles and videos and the forum members are wonderful.

    I don't have what you do, but I have had an L4/5 fusion and it's made a world of difference in my life. I consider mine a success and am very glad the symptoms leading up to the surgery are gone.

    Anyway, I just wanted to welcome you and I hope you find the relief you need. There are many here on the forums that know exactly how you're feeling, so you're not alone.

  • I am recovering from an L4/L5 fusion for spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebra) caused by bilateral pars defects at that level.
    I am almost 6 weeks post op and have felt better than before surgery for a few weeks.
    This is a big surgery with a long recovery time, but if you are having a lot of pain (especially leg pain) it can bring wonderful relief.
    I expected the worst after surgery with terrible pain, and have been very pleasantly surprised although I should say that my recovery hasn't been without problems.

    Keep asking questions here and find out everything you can. The better you understand this, the easier the decision will become.

    Welcome to Spine Health!
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