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valerie52vvalerie52 Posts: 1
edited 06/14/2015 - 8:51 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
This is my MRI result. Should I have the surgery? Any help or insight will be appreciated. At L4-5 there is a grade 1 bordering grade 2 spondylolisthesis deformity. There is complete loss of disc space. There appear to be bilateral pars defects. Moderate bilateral neural foraminal stenosis is noted, greater on the left. HELP! I am so frustrated!! Thanks! L5-S1 are normal. I am 52 and my job consists of bending, twisting,lifting,and standing. I am moderately overweight.

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  • madkgmmadkg Posts: 17
    edited 06/16/2015 - 10:44 AM
    I have similar issues and am considering surgery, but I still have a lot of thinking to do. Have you sought 2nd and even 3rd opinions on your surgery options? Keep in mind, that surgeons usually recommend surgery. It's a tough decision. I got three opinions from three surgeons after my MRI and all three recommended surgery, but they ALL also said surgery is a last resort. For me, that means when the pain is so bad it's hampering my sleep, my work and overall quality of life. I'm not quite there yet, but I have to admit that there are days when I want to jump on the operating table. I also highly recommend PT. It'll help build muscle strength, which helps with spinal stability. It won't eliminate the pain, but for me, it's increased my stamina and seems to have helped me have longer periods without pain. I pray you reach a decision.
    DDD, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, SI Joint dysfunction, Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis at L4-L5
    Facing possible Anterior and Posterior Lumbar Fusion Surgery at L4/L5 and L5/S1
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