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My 13-year-old son has spondylolysis with minimum spondylolisthesis of the L5 vertebrae. Is this serious?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

In most cases, no.
Conservative measures usually work and a normal active life is possible.

In brief: No

In most cases, no.
Conservative measures usually work and a normal active life is possible.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Carl Spivak
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Yes

He should see a pediatric spine surgeon.
He may benefit from wearing a brace and limited physical activity until the spondylolysis heals. If this does not heal and progresses or becomes very painful he may need a spinal fusion.

In brief: Yes

He should see a pediatric spine surgeon.
He may benefit from wearing a brace and limited physical activity until the spondylolysis heals. If this does not heal and progresses or becomes very painful he may need a spinal fusion.
Dr. Carl Spivak
Dr. Carl Spivak
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