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Posted in: Spondylolisthesis.

Second Opinion for Spondy Fusion/Instrumentation

Started by elaine.harris on 05/01/2010 12:32am

I live in DFW area. Have surgery scheduled at Baylor Dallas, but wondering if I should get second opinion.

Is a second opinion worthwhile?

Can anyone recommend a good spine surgeon in this area who could give me a second opinion?

Is it true that spondylolisthesis requires whole nine yards--open posterior/anterior fusion instrumentation, etc.? It makes sense to me that it would be necessary to stabilize the situation, but what do I know?

Has anyone had successful laser or other mini invasive surgery for moderately serious spondylolisthesis?

Thanks for reading.

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Hi elaine, I'm Deja and on feb 22nd of this year, I underwent a posterior lumbar fusion with instrumentation at l5/s1. Even though I only had a grade 2 spondylolisthesis, it caused enough of a slippage without any disc at this level that it resulted in severe foraminal stenosis which caused significant bilateral root nerve compression. I had severe bilateral muscle leg weakness, motor nerve root damage in my legs, and severe nerve damage in my legs. I did not require an anterior surgery. Its only been 9 weeks since my surgery, too early to tell if the surgery worked. Hope this answers some of ur questions!! *hugs*


Oh, forgot to say that it is ALWAYS beneficial to get second and third opinions!!