I have grade 2 anterolisthesis, spondylolisthesis of L4 on L5 with bilateral L4 pars defects. The L5 vertebral body is partially sacralized. There is severe bilateral facet arthopathy and severe bilateral neural forminal narrowing. Minimal sentral canal stenosis.
I fell down a flight of stairs almost 3 years ago and have since tried, bracing, pain meds, injections, and bed rest with no avail. I am only 33 with 3 children.
Surgery ( Spinal Fusion with instrumentation and decompression)has been recommended to me by both a neurosurgeon and an orthopedic surgeon. I am afraid this surgery will cause more problems in the end. It seems extremely invasive. I am having a difficult time accepting foreign objects in my body. I am afraid of this leading to more procedures. Although, I am not thrilled at not being able to do normal daily activities without pain currently.
I want a straight answer about the success of this type of surgery for this specific diagnosis, and what can be expected in recovery.