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L3-L5 PLFusion - 24 yo male - pars defect/fracture - surgery?

I have been living with extreme pain as you all are - for 18 mos since my injury - a fracture of L3L4 pars.  Due to insurance issues, i am being forced to choose an inadequate settlement or have fusion surgery.  I am worried about lifelong issues after a double fusion, but at this point cannot work, sleep etc.

I would love to hear anyone that has had this surgery - did you get relief?  If so, how long?  Does it relieve the pain?  Because I don't care about the fracture, i just want the pain to stop so i can go on w my life. The surgery scares me, i don't feel like it will help in the long run.


  • 26 year old male here. No answers for you but basically in the same position as you. L5-S1 bilateral pars defect, grade 2 unstable spondylolisthesis.

    Looking at L4 L5 S1 fusion on the 22nd of august.

    Im having the same feelings/questions as you are. Looking forward to hearing some responses.

  • I am glad to hear of a positive experience.  I feel like i have about a 50% chance for relief and am afraid due to the permanence of the surgery there will be no going back.  I have tried chiropractic for about 6 mos with minimal results.  The chiro begged me not to do surgery even if i never saw him again.  He said with my age there will be lifelong negative repercussions.
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