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what are the long term effects of having spondylolisthesis?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
40 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Most people with spondylolisthesis lead normal lives. A minority may consider surgery.
Answered on Dec 5, 2018
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
52 years experience Nuclear Medicine
A lot depends on degree of slippage. The greater grade of slip, more forward the vertebra, can result in pain also related to compression of nerves. These slips usually require surgery, spinal fusion etc.
Jan 11, 2015
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Usually none other: Than some back pain but occasionally leading to spinal stenosis or a disc herniation with 10% needing surgery-this is for the congenital or isthmic type. The degenerative or acquired type typically seen in postmenapausal females can lead to back pain & spinal stenosis with 30% needing surgery.
Answered on Aug 31, 2015

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