I'm not exactly new. I used to read the forum a lot and even made some posts about a year ago around the time of my surgery but as I recovered, I started getting back into my normal activities and kind of forgot about it.
Anyway, I had a grade 2-3 spondylolisthesis between L5-S1 and decided to fuse last year after it reached the point where I couldn't stand up for more than 5 minutes without having to bend over to relieve the pain (that's what she said). Additionally my slip had gone from a grade 1 to grade 2-3 over the past year. I met with a first surgeon and he suggested doing a combined ALIF/PLIF. Through friends, I got two other spine surgeons to look at my MRI and recommend a procedure and a surgeon in the area. They both recommended the same surgeon and the same procedure (TLIF) so I went to him and scheduled the surgery.
It's been just over a year since the surgery and I'm pleased to report a nearly 100% recovery. I play basketball, soccer, lift weights, and even go backpacking a fair amount. The only issue I have these days is muscle tightness in my hamstrings, glutes, and hip flexors so I have to stretch a lot. But that was the case before the surgery so I've gotten used to it. I hope every one else is doing well and it's good to check back in.