I'm so glad I came across this site! So, hello!
Well, here's my story --> I've been dealing with back pain for years. Latest MRI shows Grade 2-3 Spondylolisthesis, Pars defects, ruptured disc, severe bilateral L5 nerve root compression.
I've done all the conservative stuff - Oral steroids, epidural floroscopies, physical therapy, massage, heat/ice, stretching, pain meds, etc. etc. etc.
A recent exray also showed that my L5 moves 3mm in flexion and 3mm in extension as well - which apparently is an instability.
I'm finally reaching the point where I can't stand this anymore. (which is what my many consults suggested waiting for before I decided on surgery). My current neurosurgeon said that ultimately, the surgical correction needs to be done, but I have to be the one to make that final decision. Needless to say, I'm scared shitless!
Spinal surgeries are totally like a Pandora's Box...and while the majority of posts I've read seem negative, I also understand that people who have had "successful" surgeries are generally not on support forums!
So I just wanted to see if anyone has a similar surgery that my Neuro is suggesting - Two level fusion of L4-S1 and removal of disc. I've heard the recovery is hard core, takes months, and really tests your will power.
Any and input is welcome. I'd love to hear you're thoughts. Like, I'd also enjoy hearing about your procedures as well - like how long you were actually in the OR (how long the actual surgery took), what the hospital stay was like, when you could go to the restroom by yourself, shower, how you handled personal hygiene, etc...how long before you could "safely" navigate a short flight of home stairs, etc.
Thanks in advance! I really appreciate any and all feedback/thoughts ya'll would like to share!