I am advised to get a l5 s1 fusion. The scans showing l5 bilateral pars defect. Mild disc bulge and mild foraminal narrowing and mild anterolethesis. I guess its considered "stable" since there is no movement on flexion films.
These findings seem "mild." But I've suffered with variety of symptoms for years with increasing flares that include all kinds of leg stiffness, feet tingling, hard to walk fast and keep up, and back stiffness and pain. Had various injections and recently did some ablation procedure. I'm 40. Symptoms for over 10 years have continued to worsen.
How do I know if the fusion surgery will actually address my symptoms? Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Part of me thinks the surgery is a good idea because it seems likely that I will get long term stability in the spine to prevent worsening. But, usually I read about fusion for spondylothesis that is severe, not just for the pars defect with mild findings.
Please help me make this decision! Thanks.