I had L4-5 duscectomy in May 2014, followed by a L4-5 fusion in Feb 2015. I have since been diagnosed with ASD retrolisthesis at L5-S1.
I can't walk far enough without pain to keep my fitness up and my weight is still creeping up and up. My orthopaedic consultant has said that my weight is the likeliest cause if my back pain.
I was never a good eater and always kept my weight down with ice hockey, swimming and walking. I've tried all sorts of diets in the last few years and I just can't stick with them. I'm 6'3" and my BMI is at 36.5.
Rather than wait until more damage is done, I'm seeing a bariatric surgeon on 25th to discuss weight loss surgery. Not sure whether he'll recommend lap band or sleeve gastrectomy.
Anyone else had weight loss surgery? Did it help your back?
L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.