I am a runner (M, age 43) and for the past 3 years I have experienced consistent problems with my left leg. It wasn't until recently that I was properly diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis grade 1.5 and Spondylolis L5-S1. Before getting the right diagnosis I had many different treatments including, massage therapy, acupuncture, chiro, spinal decompression, epidural injections etc.. Nothing worked to relieve the discomfort down my left leg. My primary issue is that my left hamstring going down to my foot tightens up when I run and feels sore there after. I ice my back on a daily basis to help relieve the discomfort.
Now I will say that my discomfort doesn't seem to compare to some of the posts I have read but none the less it bothers me. If I didn't want to get back to serious running I probably won't pursue surgery. I feel I have found the right doctor if I decide to have the procedure but I want to make sure I understand all the issues before making a decision either way.
So my question is specifically directed to any runners or endurance athletes who have had TLIF done. Can you please tell me if the surgery was a success for you or if not a success why?
I appreciate any feedback to help me make my decision.