I am considering having surgery for the conditions outlined in my MRI report: Degenerative Disk disease, Lumbar Stenosis, Grade 1 anterolisthesis of L5 on S1, disk bulge between L5-S1 with disk space desiccation. Evidence of pars defects.
The pain started 6 months ago with a shocking sharp shooting pain from a spot above my left hip in my back; it wouldn't go away. All summer I could barely move.
That's when I started going to doctors....I've already done physical therapy,cortisone epidural shots,and chiropractor visits... which have helped some. The pain seems to have migrated down and center and I'm now having throbbing lower back pain.
An orthopaedic surgeon suggested doing a laminactomy and spinal fusion with screws and rods.
I've read that the fusion helps alleviate leg pain but I don't really have pain down my legs. Mine is mostly in the left buttock and a deep throb in the lower part of my back. I've also read that this surgery does not necessarily cure lower back pain....
Have you had this surgery - or chose not to have this surgery? Can you tell me anything? Would you recommend that I have this surgery or wait some more time and re-evaluate in a few months?