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surgical options for Spondylolisthesis

I'm a 48 male with Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis with moderate to severe narrowing of the central spinal canal. Also a disc buldge with contact of the transforminal towards lateral right l4 nerve root.
Now my questions: There seem to be several techniques to perform a vertebra fusion from the posterior to an XLIF procedure from the side.
I understand the pros and cons for the posterior point of view, such as destablization, muscle cuts etc.  Is there any info on the disadvantage of the XLIF procedure.

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My 15 yr. old daughter has a Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis and I am researching treatments for this disorder.
Please explain why destabilization is a complication of a posterior approach.  I thougt muscle cuts have to be done with any approach. Let me know anything you learn about the XLIF procedure please.  Isn't that a new procedure?


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I have that as well. Mine is caused by severe facet joint arthritis. I just had back surgery for my spinal stenosis in July. Mine was a microdecompression and a piece of  cake.It still took six weeks to get better. I would have to think twice before I would have any other major back surgery. My life would have to depend on it. Back surgery has come a very long way but there is a long recoup. time for some surgeries and they don't always work!! They can go in from the front, the side or the back.

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What kind of symptoms were you having before the microdecompression and was it successful?

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Hi Terry4

I had numbness and pain in both legs; sciatica; pressure;pain with muscle spasms at night. They did go away before surgery. I had epidurals in January but they did not help a lot. They did help in that I could feel my legs better. I now know after surgery that I have two legs and I can feel them. I have a lot of arthritis in multiple joints so I still have issues but I think the surgery was a real success!!!
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