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The term spondylolisthesis is derived from the combined Greek terms spondylos (vertebra), and listhesis (to slip). The term literally means the “slippage of one vertebra forward in relation to the adjacent vertebra.

Spondylolisthesis is the subluxation of a vertebral body over another in the sagittal plane.



Surgery is indicated if symptoms are disabling and interfere with work, if the condition is progressive, or if there is a significant neurological deficit. The ideal surgical treatment remains controversial 1).

Lumbar fusion for spondylolisthesis tends to yield more consistent outcomes than fusion for degenerative disc disease and discogenic low back pain.


Posterolateral fusion

posterior lumbar interbody fusion

Dai LY, Jia LS, Yuan W, et al. Direct repair of defect in lumbar spondylolysis and mild isthmic spondylolisthesis by bone grafting, with or without joint fusion. Eur Spine J. 2001;10:78–83. doi: 10.1007/s005860000205.
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