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spondylolisthesis surgery

hey guys I have been thinking about getting surgery for my stage 1 spondylolisthesis. Im am 29 years old and due to this condition I have been afraid to workout. The pain can be bad but tolerable. I am seeing a back specialist and eventually therapy soon. I know im jumping the gun a little but from what I have read from many websites having back surgery early can actually be a good thing. here is my question to you all. If I have the surgery will I be able to do the same things I was before like hitting the gym and playing sports such as baseball and basketball?


  • Try not to jump the gun. If your doctor is prescribing PT for now, just go with that. You may find that the PT will relieve your spondylolisthesis. Have you had any injections for the pain? I agree with the other sites, from what I've read on here that most people who are experiencing alot of pain or worse off after surgery waited way too long to get it fixed. I am headed into surgery on Friday for a L4-L5-S1 fusion with cadaver bone to fill in the spaces where my discs used to be. I was diagnosed with Degenative Disc Disease with Spondylolisthesis. Not sure on the stages but I went through the whole list of things to do before surgery. PT, Injections, Working out, Diet, etc.. nothing worked. So here I am.

    I am hoping that after all is said and done that I can go back to running. I was a runner before all of this happened 18 mos ago and now I can't walk for very long without pain. My doc says that I very well may be able to run races again, but it will be almost a year before I will be healed enough to run so it's a goal for me.

    I hope this helps!
  • harry awesomehharry awesome Posts: 6
    edited 05/20/2014 - 4:10 PM
    thank you very much for you replay. First let me wish you luck on your surgery Friday and secondly I know how much this has eaten at you (doing something you probably love to all of sudden come to a compete stop is disheartening) and I can tell you have handle it like champ. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO RUN AGAIN MOST LIKELY EVEN MORE THAN BEFORE, especially after going through this ordeal. so lisa I will go through the motions and hopefully they work. I hope you talk about your post surgery on here so I can read about and be inspired. thank you again :)
  • JulijacJJulijac Posts: 170
    edited 05/21/2014 - 12:17 AM
    I'm 10 days post op for spondylolisthesis . I tried PT, Anti-inflammatories, and steroid injections before having anL4/L5 fusion with laminectomy. I write this after just waking up with no meds for 8 hours due to sleeping. Do All conservative methods first. I was almost pain free after my third set of steroid injections. Just remember not to wait too long to have it done if your conservative methods don't work. You don't want permanent nerve damage. Talk over everything with surgeon before having it done. Make sure you have a good surgeon and it's done at a good hospital. Nothing like being in pain and have a not so pleasant nurse be assigned to you. It's not fun. Now I have to go take meds before I regret waiting even longer. Good luck with the road ahead of you.
    Julie K
    L4/L5 fusion TLIF for spondylolisthesis on 5/12/14
  • JulijacJJulijac Posts: 170
    edited 05/21/2014 - 9:46 AM
    anelsen15 said:
    Most grade 1 respond to PT according to different sites. Why is dr not trying that?
    My grade one didn't respond to 6 months of PT or 3 sets of steroid shots in L4, L5., & S1. The shots took the edge off the pain, but PT did nothing but aggravate it. My PT said there was nothing more he could do for me. Real encouraging, not!

    I'm a difficult one I guess. Don't get discouraged, just try the noninvasive stuff first.
    Julie K
    L4/L5 fusion TLIF for spondylolisthesis on 5/12/14
  • thank you julijac and anelsen for this I will try all steps prior to surgery :)
  • anelsen15 said:
    Yea Julijac thats just what it seemed while reading about it on several sites. I guess its always worth a shot, sorry you did not respond to PT.
    I was so close to a level 2 that might be the reason. Just try to keep your core strength strong. Pilates will help a lot with that. If you have a studio near you I would check it out. They can get you strong without making your back sore. Good luck!
    Julie K
    L4/L5 fusion TLIF for spondylolisthesis on 5/12/14
  • It is so encouraging to hear you say we can run again once we are healed. I am a marathoner having done 10 full, 1 ultra, and many more half marathons. Since the accident, I have had to give it up and miss it dearly. My spine doc said I would be able to do so after the lumbar fusion, but the cervical problems killed that idea. I truly hope I can get that part of my life back after this surgery, even if I can't compete at the level I once did. Julie, I have been trying to keep in shape and prepare my body/mind for this surgery by doing lots of yoga, pilates, swimming and meditation. Seeing as I cannot spend much time on the bike or running, I knew this was what I needed to do. Happy to see you recommend that to others as it is so important to maintain core stability if we are ever to get rid of any degree of back pain.

    Please, don't rush into surgery unless you have exhausted all other options. A good surgeon will not skip conservative steps along the way just to get you on the table. Before my lumbar fusion I underwent 12 wks of PT, x rays, CT, MRI, 3 rounds of epidurals, then we talked surgery. 8 months total. With my neck, they already knew how bad it was, so we did more X rays, MRI, MBB, then RFA x2. I was sent to another NS for consideration for Endoscopic Rhizotomy to which he said.........too late. 3 level fusion it is. So here we go. Another 7 months went by before surgery was scheduled. You never know what may work. Surgery is always the last option.

    Julie, 8 hours of sleep without pain meds ???? You go girl ! Get them on board quick before something wakes up that is still sleeping :)

    ACDF 3 Level 5/28/2014
    PLIF L4/L5/S1 4/2013
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