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What are the goals of spondylolisthesis surgery?

Dr. Don Y. Park, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

The goals of spondylolisthesis surgery are to decompress the spinal nerves and to stabilize. Stabilization requires fusion. Significant spondylolisthesis that causes severe stenosis posteriorly would require what's called a laminectomy and fusion. Doctors remove the back portion of the spine that is compressing the nerves, and realign the spine by removing the incompetent disc and replacing it with a spacer, such as a cage or bone. Then pedicle screws and rods are placed to help stabilize the segment and allow it to fuse.

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