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Started by papah1 on 05/23/2013 6:43am

Summary: L5-S1 8mm grade 2 anterolisthesis with bilateral stenosis and pars defects. Lumbar stenosis, Spondylolisthesis at L5-S1,Lumbar radiculopathy.
It has been suggested that the best treatment for my condition is lumbar fusion. This surgery is very concerning to me and I am attempting to get as much info on this subject as possible. I welcome any info that you may have to help me better understand this option. Thank you. God bless.

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Hi Papah1, When I started on here I knew a Fusion was a head. A fusion is a big surgery. If your the lucky 1 of 10 you go back to work. Now that`s with a open fusion. There`s the Laser surgeries now. I had small nerve canal openings done one was great one ok. I would try the laser fusion only first. . Sam


how long bro,this is a nightmear for me 12 yrs. try stenum hospitol germany,if u get surgery,or lazorspine instatute,for outpatient lazor crap....ur my 1st post ,


Type in in the search box at the top of the page.
It will bring up postings of what your asking. Of course.
You could read the two years worth of info I posted.
Same as what you have.
Good luck.


I also had the same issues as you describe. Being two years post op after having a TLIF at L5/S1, I can confirm that my surgery was successful.

I must say that, your condition will not self repair itself nor is it likely that conservative treatment will help long term. Although medication is good to manage pain, avoid relying on drugs as a long term solution as they only mask the underlying issue.

Just make sure you select a good neurosurgeon who has proven expertise and vast experience in performing spinal surgery. Despite the many negative outcomes indicated on this forum, statistics do show that the TLIF procedure has the highest success rate at 85% > being indicated in many evidence based studies.

Research your options and remember, you need to be self assured that the benefits will outweigh the risks.