So after 2 weeks of PT without any relief, plus 3 epidural/steroid shots and symptoms getting worse my PT suggested I go back to see my neurosurgeon. He said he wasn't surprised things were not helping much, but wanted to try in the event in might help (one never knows without trying). When I asked him if things were improving and things right now were tolerable would that just be putting off the inevitable and he said absolutely, I'd be in eventually for the surgery, without a doubt. He said in addition to the 2 slipped discs (L3-L4) I have spondylolethesis (Grade 2...50%, he said the slippage was significant). So we have scheduled surgery for December since it's my slow time at work.
He said I will need a bone graft to fix the verterbra (if I'm not mistaken), then he will do the laminectomy on the slipped discs followed by anterior lumbar fusion with cage. He isn't sure if he will be able to align the vertebra fully but rather wants to focus on getting the nerves decompressed and not causing further damage, he will then align it as best as he can so long as he isn't worried about causing more damage.
He said I'll be in the hospital 2-3 days, on my feet and moving the next day (even though I will hate him for it), followed by home for a few weeks. If I am up to it after 2-3 weeks I can go to work so long as it's not physical, not sitting for long periods of time, or standing for long periods of time and I agree to go back home when I'm feeling drained, etc (I'm the owner, not a problem, but I feel better knowing I can go in a little here and there just to check up on things). No lifting for 3-4 months, bending, twisting...very important to make sure things fuse properly. He did let me know it is a big deal surgery and there were all kinds of possible risks and complications and bouncing back will take a long time.
So that is about it in a nutshell. Now that he has told me his version, what is your version? Is all of that pretty typical to have done at the same time? Any recommendations (I know they told me no more Motrin or multivitamins from here on out). I will continue PT because the stronger my core the easier recovery will be.
Any and all info is greatly appreciated.
46 year old female
L3-L4 slipped discs after fall 3 months ago