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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.

Dr. Michael Bolesta
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I have back surgery for spondylolisthesis, what to do?

I have back surgery for spondylolisthesis, what to do?

Clarification: Please explain the type of surgery, and what kind of problems you are experiencing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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I'm having a hard time deciding on spinal fusion and a laminectomy. What is the long term prognosis if I don't? G1 spondylolisthesis, R&L foraminal sten

Gradual worsening: Gradual worsening with foot drops if you have significant neurologic symptoms peotecting the nervesc with reconstruction has a better long term out com if you have only axial backache surgical outcome is less obviously beneficial wiltze urged us to wait for the leg pain then intervene if you don't have leg pain then your nerves are ok.

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Does hula hooping help with spondylolisthesis?

Does hula hooping help with spondylolisthesis?

Interesting question: I am not aware of any specific data on the subject, but if you can do it, and it doesn't make you feel worse, I say knock yourself out.