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Greetings from a Norwegian newbie. 4 weeks post op. from spinal fusion


I`m a a 43 year old male Norwegian living in a small village just outside Oslo. I am (or was) very active and enjoyed all kinds of sports and activities including skiing, running, biking and golfing. Back pain has limited my ability to enjoy these activities and rapidly changed my way of living and quality of life altogether. I met with my surgeon in November 2012 and he said I now was a clear candidate for fusion surgery and I went trough with it in the beginning of February 2013.

Medical history
Back issues since my adolescence but was not diagnosed with spondylolisthesis until 2006. They advised me to try conservative treatment and to postpone spinal surgery as long as possible, but my situation got gradually worse and I had my MIS TLIF spinal fusion and decompression L4/L5 done.

None at the moment. Voltaren (NSAID) and Paracetamol before my surgery.

4 weeks post op. and have just started my recovery process. Will have my first meeting with a physiotherapist at the hospital in 2 weeks.

Hoping for a successful recovery and to be able to return to sporting activities. My favorite is golfing and I am a bit anxious as I know this involves a lot of twisting and turning of the spine.

I joined the forum to share my experiences throughout my recovery and hopefully being able to discuss various topics on backpain, surgery and recovery.

Kind regards,
Isthmic spondylolisthesis L4/L5 with collapsed disk and nerveroot compression. MIS TLIF lumbar fusion surgery February 2013.


  • flowerpotsfflowerpots Posts: 379
    edited 03/03/2013 - 10:57 AM
    It sounds like you are doing good so far.Its good to hear positive feedback.Im having L4L5S1 2level fusion rods srews cages. on March 13 and i was a wreck when i first came on.The people on here are very helpfull and supportive.It will be nice to hear your progress.stay strong Kathy
    Kathy B
  • I'm glad to hear your surgery went well and hope you continue to progress through recovery. I'm a terrible golfer, I swing and swing but rarely hit the ball, and when I do it never goes where it should. Clearly its because of my back right? I mean no one can be that bad "naturally"....lol. Hopefully you'll be glfing again soon.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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