Why are you in pain?

  • Stress fracture of the rear part of a vertebra (isthmic lysis) in early childhood

  • Progressive forward slipping of the vertebrae that has lost its rear anchorage

  • A feeling of instability that leads to back pain and sciatica

Which examinations should be carried out before consulting us?*

  • Lumbar CT scan
  • Lumbar MRI
  • X-rays

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

What surgical treatment can we recommend?

  • Reduction of vertebral slippage and stabilization of the vertebra by an ALIF cage (abdominal surgery)
  • Reinforcement of intervertebral fixation by percutaneous osteosynthesis (posterior surgery)

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The key points

  • Indication: Lumbosciatica resistant to medical treatment for more than 6 months, with repercussions on daily activities justifying a surgical procedure

  • Minimally invasive 2-level arthrodesis technique (abdominal and posterior) during the same anaesthesia
5 to 7 cm

5 to 7 cm on the abdomen, above the pubis / 2 scars of 3 to 4 cm in the lumbar region

45 min

Duration of surgery
45 minutes (anterior time)
45 minutes (posterior time) 

2 to 4 days

Average length of hospital stay

Immobilisation with a custom-made plastic removable brace: 6 weeks

6 to 12

Average recovery time

3 to 6 months

Minimum duration of absence from work

3 months

Period before starting back driving

4 to 6 months

Duration before resuming sports activities

10 days

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.