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Specialists in Surgical Spine Care

Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

Case #1

This is a 53 year old female with severe back pain and shooting pain down her legs whenever she walks for more than 2 to 3 minutes. She failed all types of conservative management including spinal injections, physical therapy and acupuncture.

Her MRI revealed a Spondylolisthesis (when one bone slips in front of the other) of L5 over S1. Her post-operative Cat Scan revealed a partial reduction of the slipped bones with placement of a spacer between the bones.

She felt immediate leg pain relief in the recovery room and feels fantastic now 6 weeks after her surgery.

Cases at Spine Specialists - Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

MRI reveals a Spondylolisthesis

Cases at Spine Specialists - Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

Post-Operative Cat Scan revealed a partial reduction
of the slipped bones with placement of a spacer between the bones.


Case #2

This is a 48 year old female that has been suffering with back pain and shooting leg pain for many years. She has tried physical therapy, anti‐inflammatory medications, and even massage, all without relief. She would hear clicking in her back when she tried to get out of bed in the morning.

After obtaining X‐rays, it was clear that she had an unstable spondylolisthesis (one bone shifted on top of the other bone pulling on the nerves along with it).

Cases at Spine Specialists - Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

She ultimately underwent surgical decompression and fusion. This is an example of needing both an anterior (front)
and posterior (back) surgery operation for spondylolisthesis.

Cases at Spine Specialists - Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

During surgery, placement of anterior hardware to help stabilize the spine.

Cases at Spine Specialists - Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

She is about 3 months post‐operative at this point. Her leg pain is completely resolved and she has some
stiffness in the morning and after work. She is doing very well.