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I have bilateral foraminal stenosis present at l4l5 with bilateral pars defect at L4 and am curious if the pars and stenosis can heal without surgery?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Generally, symptoms

Can resolve due to either condition the majority of the time without surgery as the only reason for surgery would be a failure of nonop care to control symptoms.
If the pars defect was an acute fracture it has the potential to heal without surgery. But even if it doesn't or if not an acute fracture type, 90% are treated non op while only 15% of stenosis cases end up with surgical intervention.

In brief: Generally, symptoms

Can resolve due to either condition the majority of the time without surgery as the only reason for surgery would be a failure of nonop care to control symptoms.
If the pars defect was an acute fracture it has the potential to heal without surgery. But even if it doesn't or if not an acute fracture type, 90% are treated non op while only 15% of stenosis cases end up with surgical intervention.
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