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Who is a candidate for spondylolisthesis surgery?

Dr. Don Y. Park, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Candidates for spondylolisthesis surgery are those with predominant leg pain because that has to do with nerve compression. Multiple studies have shown that predominant leg pain improves significantly with surgery, as compared to predominant back pain. Oftentimes, operating on back pain, especially fusion for back pain, does not quite have the same results as surgery for leg pain.

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