I'm a 17 yo girl with grade 2 spondylolisthesis. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was eleven, but had bad lower back pain that none of the doctors could explain until a chiropractor finally diagnosed me with spondy.
I've been able to deal with the pain for the most part. It's almost a constant dull ache in my lower back with intense flare ups every time I do a big sports-related activity that leaves me in bed for a few days. My family travels alot, and sometimes all it takes to put me out for a few days is just walking for a long time. I'm not incredibly athletic but I really do enjoy running, and have joined in track and cross country teams, but I usually end up having to drop out or go through a lot of pain.
Why I'm posting on here is because I'm now considering just going ahead and having a spinal fusion done. I know this is often only considered after the pain is impossible to deal with in daily life or after months of alternative therapies, but I'm in circumstances that require a quicker decision. My dad is in the army (we currently live overseas) and by august he is going to be retiring. We have an opportunity with a doctor in Germany who's willing to do the surgery. If we do it now, the army will cover the medical expenses. If we wait until after my dad retires, we most likely won't have the means to pay for a surgery if I really need it.
I figure that it would be better to get it now, instead of waiting till I'm older and it gets worse. And that the recovery will most likely be easier the younger I am. I also want to have a family when I'm older and fear the back pain that would come with being pregnant in my current condition.
I was just wondering if anyone could give me advice on this, as well as what to expect after surgery and how long recovery would take and what it would entail.