Surgery for spondylolisthesis has come a long way recently with the development
of minimal access, minimally invasive techniques. Although traditional
open surgery may sometimes be necessary, the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine
Center is a leader in newer, minimally invasive options.
Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion: This surgery fuses the bones of the spine in the lower back together so
that there is no longer any motion between them. This reduces spinal pressure,
pain, and nerve damage. Minimally invasive lumbar fusions do not require
the large incision or the muscle retraction typically used in conventional
fusions. Patients undergoing this procedure have a fast recovery time.
A recent advance is the use of a computerized image guidance system for
many patients undergoing lumbar fusion. This has the advantage of aiding
the surgeon in optimal placement of screws and avoiding injury to delicate
Until recently, all patients undergoing lumbar fusion required a bone graft
either from the hip region or from a bone bank. Newer bone grafting substances
are now used to promote healthy bone fusion. In most patients undergoing
lumbar spinal fusion, metal titanium instrumentation is also used. This
will typically involve placing pedicle screws into the bone and connecting
these with a rod.
At the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, individuals treated for a
slipped disc have only a brief hospital stay, and 95 percent of patients
will have complete relief of their pain. Find out more about
Doctors Who Treat Spondylolisthesis.
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