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Management of Isthmic Spondylolisthesis with Posterolateral Endoscopic Foraminal Decompression

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Study Design

Prospective evaluation of 24 consecutive patients with isthmic spondylolisthesis with chronic back, buttock, and leg pain treated by endoscopic foraminal decompression and followed for a minimum of 2 years.


To assess the efficacy of endoscopic foraminal decompression and mobilization of the exiting and transiting nerves, discectomy, ablation of osteophytes, and impinging pars as a means of treatment by the posterolateral approach.

Summary of Background Data

Open decompression with or without fusion is a commonly accepted procedure for symptomatic isthmic spondylolytic spondylolisthesis in patients who fail to respond to conservative treatment. There is no published data on the outcome of endoscopic procedures for this condition.

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