Lumbar Decompression and Stabilisation for Spondylitic Spondylolisthesis

Following your recent investigations and consultation with your spinal surgeon, it has been confirmed that your symptoms are caused by lumbar spondylolysis.

This is a stress fracture of the narrow bridge of bone between the facet joints (pars interarticularis) at the back of the spine, commonly called a pars defect . There may be a hereditary aspect to spondylolysis,for example an individual may be born with thin vertebral bone and therefore be vulnerable to this condition; or certain sports, such as gymnastics, weight lifting and football can put a great deal of stress on the bones through constantly over-stretching the spine. Either can result in a stress fracture on one or both sides of the vertebra (bone of the spine).

Many people are not aware of their stress fracture or experience any problems but symptoms can occur including lower back pain,pain in the thighs and buttocks, stiffness, muscle tightness and tenderness. The diagnosis is often confirmed with an injection of an anti-inflammatory drug into the pars defect, when it is followed by successful relief from pain (even if only temporary).

  • Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital


    Ashford and St Peter’s
    NHS Foundation Trust
    Guildford Road, Cherstey,
    Surrey, KY16 0PZ.
    Ph: 01932 722 730
  • The BMI Runnymede Hospital


    The BMI
    Runnymede Hospital
    Guildford Road,
    Ottershaw, CHERTSEY,
    KT16 0RQ.
    Ph: 01932 877800
  • Spire St Anthony’s Hospital


    Spire St Anthony’s
    801 London Road,
    SM3 9DW.
    Ph: 020 8337 6691
  • Nuffield Health Woking Hospital


    Nuffield Health
    Woking Hospital
    Shores Road,
    GU21 4BY.
    Ph: 01483 331257
  • Ramsay Health Ashtead Hospital


    Ramsay Health
    Ashtead Hospital
    The Warren,
    Ashtead, Surrey.
    KT21 2SB.
    Ph: 01372 221400