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What is the success rate for the surgery for spondylolisthesis?

What is the success rate for the surgery for spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis: Spondylolisthesis surgery usually involves stabilization through a fusion procedure. Assuming the surgery is done well by a qualified surgeon the success rates are very good. Approximately 85-90% of patients who have surgery for spondylolisthesis are happy with the results. ...Read more

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Spondylolisthesis (Definition)

Is the subluxation or slippage of one vertebral body over another, usually with the more superior body slipping forward relative to the body below. This can be due to to etiologies such as ligamentous laxity or an abnormality of the bone (spondylolysis). If mild, it may be asymptomatic. If severe or unstable, it could cause kinking/compression of the spinal cord ...Read more


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What is the success rate for the surgery for spondylolisthesis?

What is the success rate for the surgery for spondylolisthesis?

More info please: Isthmic or degenerative dysplastic traumatic need to know what type of spondy and what type of procedure to be accurate and the target symptom leg pain or back pain generally my impression for the most common types is 90% good to excellent relief of leg pain with decompression and fusion if no otherlevels degenerative 60/40 for back pain I treated this condition for leg pain only wiltse pioneered ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the success rate for surgery for spondylolisthesis?

Could you tell me what is the success rate for surgery for spondylolisthesis?

Great indication: Spondylolisthesis is generally considered a great indication for surgery (especially if there is excess motion at that segment on flexion vs extension xrays or if accompanied by leg symptoms) and most (>85%) are considered "successful" (50% improvement is common definition in studies).
With that said, surgery is not "needed" unless there is instability or neurological deficits. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of having surgery for spondylolisthesis?

Back pain /stiffness: Best done to relieve leg pain srgeries ability to relieve axial back pain is controversial and unpredictable great for leg pain. ...Read more

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What are some side effects of having surgery for spondylolisthesis?

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. ...Read more

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

2 broad a?: So many variations as to where, how : front, back or both. Who is performing it, , how many levels, what grade is the slip ; more.....B more specific. ...Read more

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Is back surgery recomended for me? I have spondylolisthesis.

Possibly: This depends on how bad your back pain is. If its affecting your function. Also, if you have failed conservative therapy. Please see a spine surgeon. ...Read more

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I have bilateral degenerative changes at l5-s1 level w/a grade 1-2 spondylolisthesis found 9/2012 has become worse will I end up needing surgery?

Spine Surgery: Spine surgery is reserved for individuals that have unrelenting pain that has failed conservative care or who have a progressive neurologic condition due to the spinal changes. Many individuals with your radiographic finding are pain free. If worsening would followup with your doctor or see a surgical or nonsurgical spine specialist. ...Read more

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Spondylolisthesis. .. Can it be cured completely and with out surgery? I've been having problems with back misalignment. Thought better it pops hard

May not need surgery: You may not need surgery. It depends on the degree of spondylolisthesis and the amount of "slippage" at the level of concern. It also depends on what level this occurs. You may be able to treat this conservatively with pain control and physical therapy. If there is progressive slippage and neurological symptoms (pain, numbness, weakness) then surgery is more of a consideration. ...Read more

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I had spondylolisthesis 8 years which I had surgery to repair. Now my lower back and hips hurt where I had my survey is this normal or something wrong?

I had spondylolisthesis 8 years which I had surgery to repair. Now my lower back and hips hurt where I had my survey is this normal or something wrong?

Depends: Pain after lumbar fusion is not unusual. Further work up is determined by the specifics of the case. How bad was your pain and symptoms before surgery? Did they improve after surgery and now is suddenly getting bad? How long ago was your surgery? Is pain different? The answer to these questions and your physical exam will determine the need for further imaging. Speak to your surgeon. Gl! ...Read more

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What is surgery for L5 s1 isthmic spondylolisthesis like?

Fusion: The success is higher with a fusion in this case. Whether there should also be a decompression depends on the findings on clinical exam and on imaging of any significant nerve compression. Overall, success rate should be 90% if not a smoker. ...Read more

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Spondylolisthesis. L3, 4-5 slipped off. Surgery fixed l4-5 but not l3.Was it done right? Now having pain on right leg. (had pain on left leg before surgery

Depends on multiple: Factors. It appears your symptoms are mainly leg pain, and hence a surgeon may have decided that the l45 was the only level with stenosis or pressure on nerve, and wanted to to do only what was needed at the time, and not what maybe needed in the future. Difficult to tell without seeing your prior images, but could be an okay decision. Now, you have to consult with a well trained spine surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a stable L5 s1 grade 2 spondylolisthesis and it is causing me leg and back pain. Should I get a fusion surgery? Or just decompression surgery

I have a stable L5 s1 grade 2 spondylolisthesis and it is causing me leg and back pain. Should I get a fusion surgery? Or just decompression surgery

Fusion: Decompression alone is unlikely to resolve the issue and is likely to worsen the situation in the long run. Furthermore there are now more options then just posterior fusion, an anterior approach may also be an option but a good surgical opinion or opinions are needed. ...Read more

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46 yrs, female, runner Dx'd with grade 2 spondylolisthesis at L4-5 BUT due 2 cord compression @ C-5/6/7 insist asymptomatic c-spine surgery 1st. Idea?

46 yrs, female, runner Dx'd with grade 2 spondylolisthesis at L4-5 BUT due 2 cord compression @ C-5/6/7 insist asymptomatic c-spine surgery 1st. Idea?

C Spine first: The C Spine pathology is the most serious for long term disability. Once that is corrected the address the L-Spine issues ...Read more

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Does spinal dysraphism surgery in newborn causes problems in later life. My son now 15 having pain in legs due to spondylolisthesis at l5-s1, ?

Does spinal dysraphism surgery in newborn causes problems in later life. My son now 15 having pain in legs due to spondylolisthesis at l5-s1, ?

Talk to MD: This problem could have many causes. I would suggest an evaluation by a neurosurgeon. With mris and physical examination they would be able to offer a course of treatment. ...Read more

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I have lytic anterior spondyolisthesis at L5 with radiating pain in right leg. My age is 26.It is lytic at the pararticular region. Wt shld I do surgery?

I have lytic anterior spondyolisthesis at L5 with radiating pain in right leg. My age is 26.It is lytic at the pararticular region. Wt shld I do surgery?

Orthopedic spine: Your condition is a slip of one vertebra over another. When this happens the nerves exiting your spine get "pinched" and that gives you the radiating pain. The lysis refers to the problem with a part of the spine responsible for stability keeping the vertebra in line. Most people do well with surgery. You should see and orthopedic spine surgeon as the next step. ...Read more

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Anyone diagnosed spondylolisthesis?

What is the question: Spondylolithesis is diagnosed by flexion and extension xrays but may also be picked up on mri. ...Read more

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What are the known symptoms of spondylolisthesis?

Pain: Usual symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling of both the low back as well as the legs. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to treat spondylolisthesis?

What are the best ways to treat spondylolisthesis?

Exercises: Spondylolisthesis is often found on x-ray examination as an incidental findings. Just because it is there, does not mean that it is the cause of your symptoms. When is established that this is the cause of your symptoms, then exercises, bracing and nsaids such as tylenol, (acetaminophen) advil and Aleve make help. If not prescription pain medication may be prescribed. If all fail then surgical intervention. ...Read more

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What are common complications of spondylolisthesis?

What are common complications of spondylolisthesis?

Pain: Back pain is the most common symptom. Nerve symptoms can also occur: numbness, tingling, pain in the legs. Rarely it can affect the ability to empty the bladder or bowels. ...Read more

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Spondylolisthesis is painful and depressing, any advice?

Consult a specialist: Spondylolisthesis is a spinal deformity which can be something you were born with or be acquired. It is correctable with surgery. You should consult either a spine orthopedic surgeon or a spine neurosurgeon. Research the specialists available to you on line by going to the scoliosis research society or ask your primary health care provider. ...Read more

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My spondylolisthesis is painful and depressing, any advice?

Agree w Dr Linville: Determine if this is the cause of your pain. If yes, then find out all your treatment options -so that you can work on improving this. Don't give in to pain & depression if improvment is possible. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis: Is the subluxation or slippage of one vertebral body over another, usually with the more superior body slipping forward relative to the body below. This can be due to to etiologies such as ligamentous laxity or an abnormality of the bone (spondylolysis). If mild, it may be asymptomatic. If severe or unstable, it could cause kinking/compression of the spinal cord or nerve root compression. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is spondylolisthesis and its management?

Can you tell me what is spondylolisthesis and its management?

Slippage: One bone slips forward on top of the one underneath it. Sometimes it is silent (no symptoms) so no treatment is necessary. Many people with it have pain that responds to exercise, physical therapy and mild medication. A few are severe enough for surgery. ...Read more

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What is retro-spondylolisthesis of the spine?

What is retro-spondylolisthesis of the spine?

A backward spinal sl: Your spine vertebra don't line up front back and one has slipped back this is a different condition than the commonly treated anterior slipping they have different treatment algorithms and prognosis general part of segmental degeneration a levels higher than l3. ...Read more

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What are the side effect for a spondylolisthesis?

Depends: When the spondylolisthesis is severe (degree of slippage of the spine), many patients develop symptoms of weakness, pain and or numbness radiating down their extremity/ies.
Surgical intervention-decompressing the nerve roots and stabilizing the spine can benefit. ...Read more

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What prevents spondylolisthesis from getting worse?

These rarely: Progress if the isthmic or congenital type with less than 1% progressing in adulthood. They can progress during youth. The acquired or degenerative type can progress but rarely past grade 2. Weight control, not smoking and regular exercise including core strengthening is important in terms of symptom control. ...Read more

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