[QUOTE=nina74]Hi everyone. I have had lower back pain as long as I can remember. I learned that I had a grade 3 spondy when I was 16. Now at 30 it has slipped to a grade 4. I have seen a OS and they have strongly suggested surgery which scares me to death. It sounds so complex, 10 to 12 hours in surgery. Three months off work! Has anyone actually had surgery for this? I'm just wondering what to expect if I decide to go through with it.
A Grade IV is a pretty significant slippage. My son is looking at surgery next month for a Borderline Grade III. Since the surgery for you is 10-12 hours, they are probably going to correct it before fusing it. I'm very nervous about my son's as well. He got one opinions and is scheduled to get 3 more just to make sure he's doing the right thing and getting the right surgeon.