I have consulted with three local surgeons regarding traditional fusion (apparently not a candidate for "dynamic stabilzation) at L4L5 to treat severe central and foraminal stenosis with an unstable spondylolithesis. Retired physical education teacher and former certified strength and conditioning coach still quite active prior to progressive worsening of back. The general concensus among the three surgeons is that the extent of my athletic future will include lifting the remote control, and rigorous games of checkers
. I understand the immediate restrictions as you await solid fusion (6 months to a year) but why would they be so pessimistic over the long term, assuming a successful fusion? Under promise over deliver? Anyone return to a reasonable level of activity one year post fusion? I am 55 years old. Want the truth, but would like to hear some encouraging stories.