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Posted in: Spondylolisthesis.

Spondylolisthesis and 16 year old

Started by Irishgal on 05/28/2017 4:48pm


I'm trying to find a dr. In Florida who can do the direct pars repair for my athletic daughter. Also am interested in talking with anyone who has had this surgery? Thanks in advance!

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I'm in Michigan so I can't recommend any surgeons in Florida. However, I WAS your daughter many years ago and this is the best advice I can offer you (some of it sounds bold and downright rude but it's her body you want what's in her best interest): do LOTS & LOTS of research and interview many surgeons, as many as possible - yes, YOU interview THEM. Ask them how many pars defects they repair a year on patients your daughter's age. Google a checklist for spinal surgery questions. Get references if possible/don't be afraid to talk to other patients coming in or out of the doctor's office. Compile all the questions, gather them all together, and add some of your own. It will take many months but this will lead you to the right doctor. READ ON FOR MY STORY: I was your daughter's age when I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis too. The doctor said it was congenital -not related to Athletics (although I was very athletic). Since I was so young, I tend to agree with that - 17 when diagnosed. In mid-late 20's, (in one year), I had 2 laminectomies and finally, a spinal fusion - at L5 S1. At the time there was no hardware (early 80s). I had an autograft (doctors took a bone from my own iliac crest to do the fusion). I hear this is the best type of fusion there is if you can get it AND if you take care of yourself well enough to get a good/solid fusion, which is more likely when you are very young, like your daughter. My doctors (get the best orthopedic surgeon AND the best neurosurgeon you can find) said I was their greatest success story. I got 20-plus good years out of that fusion. ( I was in denial for many years prior to it and lived with the pain as long as I could until finally my bladder shut down (neurogenic bladder) and I lost all sensation in my right leg/couldn't walk.) Fast forward: after doing nothing but going to work for 3 years I had a great Fusion and went back to doing all my Athletics which is probably where I went wrong. This may have happened anyway but the doctors told me I would have a great deal of trouble with my spine when I got older - and they sure were right. When I turned 50, I started having all kinds of pain and won't even get into all the problems I have. THIS IS ABOUT YOUR PATH. I can offer you the suggestions that I have and recommend that she not get back into extreme Athletics. This will likely catch up to her when she gets older - even if she has a good fusion. Don't make the mistake I did. Treat your body with respect - it's the only one you have. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU/contact me if you like.


Hi, Irishgal--thank you for posting your questions. We'd like to share our doctor finder tool: https://www.spineuniverse.com/locate/spe... . You can look up qualified spine specialists near you in Florida--we hope this is helpful for you and your daughter!

Also, we're passing along this article, as we think you may be interested in it ( Surgery for Spondylolisthesis ). It may spur some questions you can ask to your surgeon. Speaking of, this is a great article that may also help you have a productive conversation with any prospective spine surgeons ( Spine Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor ).

We hope this information helps, and we wish the very best for you and your daughter!