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What is spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis is a condition of vertebral malalignment, most commonly involving the slippage forward of one of the lumbar vertebra with respect to a neighboring vertebra. The condition can range from being relatively minor and asymptomatic to causing profound neurologic dysfunction and spinal deformity. Causes of the condition are varied, as are the surgical options available to address the problem. Importantly, the correction of spondylolisthesis can be one of the most challenging problems in spinal surgery; it is paramount, therefore, to seek the care of a highly trained surgeon adept at managing this complex disorder.

Why rely on Washington University experts to treat your spondylolisthesis?

Washington University spinal neurosurgeons provide comprehensive treatment for all spinal deformities, including spondylolisthesis of the lumbar region. All of our spinal surgeons have completed fellowship training in advanced spinal reconstruction and are thus prepared to handle even the most challenging cases of spondylolisthesis. For those instances in which spondylolisthesis results in severe spinal deformity, we also can offer dual expertise in both orthopedic and neurosurgical techniques of spinal deformity correction.

Spondylolisthesis treatment

Washington University spinal neurosurgeons use the most advanced techniques, ranging from minimally invasive approaches to the most aggressive osteotomies and reconstructions, in order to tailor an appropriate treatment to the patient’s individual case. We employ a comprehensive approach to the health of the whole patient, ensuring that each individual receives the care he or she needs and is most able to benefit from the treatment plan that we offer.