I am a 28 year old male, RAF Officer and I have been suffering with extreme back pain since a major car accident in Sep 09. I have been 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. Strangely the surgeon has suggested that the injury is longstanding, however having been pain free before the accident and having completed intense military training with no problems, I struggle to accept that this can be the case.
I underwent a pars block injection, which 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 and ultimately work. There is the worry in the back of my mind that I might end up being medically discharged! Any advice from anyone who has gone through a similar op would be very appreciated.
Many thanks everyone, I look forward to exchanging advice and hope that my experiences may help others as well.
Flying Officer Bowden RAF (Martyn)