Why are you in pain?

  • Progressive deformity of the lumbar spine resulting from an unstable form of arthritic aging

  • Very gradual onset of a sensation of trunk instability to the side and front

  • Increasingly severe low back pain, sometimes combined with sciatica or cruralgia *see Lumbar spinal stenosis

Which examinations should be carried out before consulting us?*

  • X-rays of the entire spine Front and Profile view
  • Lumbar CT scan
  • Lumbar MRI

*Examinations required for the study of your case at the CCV Montpellier

What surgical treatment can we recommend?

  • Correction of spinal deformity by 1 or 2 stage arthrodesis (posterior and/or anterior surgery)
  • Nerve root decompression by laminectomy

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The key points

  • Indication: Lumbosciatica resistant to medical treatment for more than 12 months, with repercussions on daily activities justifying a surgical procedure
  • Minimally invasive and safe technique by CT scan guidance for screw placement in the vertebrae
20 to 40 cm

Vertical scar,
over 20 to 40 cm
in the back

3 to 6 hours

Duration of surgery

4 to 7 days

Average length of hospital stay

Immobilization: removable thermoformed brace for 3 months
(daytime wear)

6 to 12 months

Average recovery time

3 to 6 months

Minimum duration of absence from work

3 months

Period before starting back driving

6 months

Duration before resuming sports activities

from the
21st day

Flying home after surgery

1 year*

Duration of evolution until the final result of the surgery

*These are mean times, with possibility of significant variability from one patient to another.