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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are some side effects of having surgery for spondylolisthesis?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Several things: Many folks will do well, but surgery does not always get rid of all symptoms that motivate people to consider surgery. You may have persistent pain, continued or new weakness, numbness, tingling; difficulty emptying or controlling bladder or bowels, numbness in the private area, spinal fluid leakage, failure of fusion, problems relating to any implants used. Some of these may improve, but may not.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Back pain /stiffness: Best done to relieve leg pain srgeries ability to relieve axial back pain is controversial and unpredictable great for leg pain.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

I was wondering what are the side effects of surgery for spondylolisthesis?

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Dr. Tariq Niazi
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The Spinal surgeon: Should be advising you about these, when he is discussing the surgery with you. Generally there are risks with any surgery, which are possibilities, including infection, nerve damage, bleeding, need for blood transfusions, wound healing probs, ; those specific to the spine, make sure you discuss it with your surgeon. Good luck.
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