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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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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 dont have leg pain then your nerves are ok. ...Read more

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I have spondylolisthesis grade 1 i feel always pain in my back and sometimes in my legs my weight 214 lbs my long is 65 in . My spondy in L5 s1 .

I have spondylolisthesis grade 1 i feel always pain in my back and sometimes in my legs my weight 214 lbs my long is 65 in . My spondy in L5 s1 .

Many options : Given your young age your condition is likely a congenital problem. The best option is to attempt physical therapy to strengthen your back and loose weight. Steroid injections can also help for brief periods of time. Surgery for this condition is quite helpful and many patients that have symptoms at a young age ultimately end up having surgey. ...Read more

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What are some side effects of having surgery for spondylolisthesis?

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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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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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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What can help people with spondylolisthesis?

What can help people with spondylolisthesis?

A lot: This condition can be sucessfully treated a variety of ways seek the help of an orthopedic spine surgeon as a guide.Read dr. Wiltse work, classic on spondy. ...Read more

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What will help people with spondylolisthesis?

What will  help people with spondylolisthesis?

Varied: The natural history of spondylolisthesis is somewhat difficult to predict and may be somewhat dependent on the underlying causes of the misalignment. Also the current degree of misalignment and if there is instability also play a part. Core stabilization exercises, physical fitness and weight management are important in maintaining he issue and potentially preventing progression. ...Read more

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Can spondylolisthesis worsen even if I have no pain?

Yes: The most common type of spondylolisthesis will rarely progress to a severe slip. Most of the time, the progression stops when a person reaches adulthood. The other common kind occurs in middle life and beyond, and rarely progresses beyond grade 1 or 2 (mild). The process of slippage is not something people feel. ...Read more

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I had have spondylolisthesis. What will happen over the course of my life?

Depends: The natural history of spondylolisthesis is somewhat difficult to predict and may be somewhat dependent on the underlying causes of the misalignment. Also the current degree of misalignment and if there is instability also play a part. Core stabilization exercises, physical fitness and weight management are important in maintaining he issue and potentially preventing progression. ...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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What is the best way to treat cervical spondylolisthesis?

What is the best way to treat cervical spondylolisthesis?

Depends: Neck pain is best treated with therapy, exercise (isometric, aerobic), sometimes medication. If there are nerve symptoms (numbness, tingling, weakness, pain) in the arms, other treatment may be needed. ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter help for someone with spondylolisthesis?

Several: Acetaminophen (brand name tylenol) is a good one to try unless you have liver problems. Anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen (nuprin, motrin, medipren) and Naproxen (aleve) are over the counter. They should not be used if you have high blood pressure or stomach ulcers (have or have had). The most common side effect is upset stomach. Always follow instructions & note the precautions inside. ...Read more

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What can be done about retro-spondylolisthesis of the spine?

Exercise: The first treatments would be core muscle strengthening exercise, weight control and anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) (if there aren't medical reasons not to). ...Read more

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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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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