L4/L5 spinal fusion on isthmic spondylolysis, grade 1 spondylolisthesis
I have had back pain for the last 5 years and after trying every sort of non-surgical treatment to no avail, I have started checking again with doctors. 3/3 opinions so far lead me to surgery, level 1 spinal fusion with grafts, pedicles, screws and everything on. I am really worried to proceed as I am reading lots of testimonies about severe pain after surgery, slow recovery, not great success to relieve pain etc. I am 35 and very active, lots of sports including sailing, skiing, running, waterpolo, mountainbiking and I don't trust the doctors who say that I will be back to normal in 6-12 months. I am afraid that after this things will not ever get back to "normal" ie I wont even be able to do the things I do now with pain. I am afraid that my whole life after this will be more restricted activities, physiotherapies and a different lifestyle. So maybe I should just bear with is as much as I can before going for surgery. Could anyone of my age and activity who had the same operation advise me?