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Anyone had a Bucks Spinal Fusion Operation L5 lower back?

martynbowdenmmartynbowden Posts: 19
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone,
I have been suffering with extreme back pain for some time. After being diagnosed with grade 1 spondylolisthesis with foraminal narrowing of the L5 roots following an MRI scan, additional scans provided evidence of a bi-lateral pars defect. A pars block injection provided minimal relief but no permanent relief. I have now been referred for a Bucks fusion operation in August, where I have been told that 2 screws will be inserted across the 2 fractures along with small fragments of bone to fuse the defective pars interarticularis.
I am keen to hear from anyone who has experienced anything similar. Any information on the recovery time and how you feel after the operation will be useful. My wife is concerned about how much I will be able to do for myself post op and I am keen to know how long it will take before I can get back to physical activity.
Many thanks everyone.


  • Hi Martyn

    I am 58. When I was in my 20s became disabled through same condition plus abuse damage to most of my Lumbar vertebra. Spent three years in a cast and lost use of right leg etc etc. had a Buck Spinal Fusion of all the lumbar vertebra. Took around 6months to get over the op as the grafts took. After that I've never looked back , no problems since and no pain either. Have full mobility since then. Since procedures have moved on since then it should be even more likely to be successful for you.

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