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Hi Everyone!

I joined a few days ago when I noticed the forums on the spine health site. I used this site extensively when researching everything I could prior to my surgery. Too bad I didn't notice the forums until now.

Surgery date: June 10, 2013
Age: 50. (49 at surgery - ha)
Condition: Isthmic Spondylolisthesis Grade 2 laying down, Grade 3 standing
Procedure: ALIF and PLIF for L4-L5-S1, 2 cages and 2 rods.
Meds: I got off all meds 2-weeks after surgery, couldn't handle the side effects. I just take Tylenol when it gets bad and take a nap.
After therapy: started water therapy 2-weeks ago.
Major limitations: sitting

I'm really looking forward to getting to know some of you guys and comparing notes etc. My doctor is top notch but I must admit his staff really doesn't tell me anything unless I ask specifically. Guess they forget since they deal with the same stuff day in and day out.

Isthmic Spondyliothesis Level II - III
ALIF/PLIF L4-L5-S1, 2 cages, 2 rods, 6 screws (6/10/2013)


  • i am sure that you will find your time on spine-health very rewarding. this site is a powerful and integrated system that is dynamic and continues to grow.
    here are just some of the highlights:

    - detailed medical libraries of articles and videos that address almost every spinal conditions and treatment

    - the wellness section contains articles, tips and videos to help patients after surgery and also to help people avoid surgery.

    - under the resource tab, there is a section doctor advice health center which can be invaluable.

    - as a bonus, spine-health provides these patient forums. here is where you can meet thousands of other people who understand and can relate to your situation. you will soon become part of the spiney family who provide comfort and the advantages of a support system. you are now part of this family that is approximately 20,600 international members and growing daily.

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    here are some you should take a look at:
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    i'm glad that you were able to use many of the features of spine health to help you figure out surgery and post op stuff. it is one dynamic site isn't it?
    it sounds like you are doing pretty well since surgery, but if you need anything or have some questions, feel free to pm one of us. we'll be happy to help.
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