Can anyone explain to me what Anterolisthesis is? My x-ray showed it on the flexion films I had this week. This is at L4 and my fusion is scheduled at this time for L5/S1. I'm wondering how this will affect the fusion on L5/S1 and won't be able to find out from the dr. until Monday, the day before my surgery. I also don't have the updated MRI report I had today, but will get it Monday to take to the surgeon. It will show more details I'm sure.
Harmony -- your vertebrae has slipped forward. I am not a doctor but it sounds like that vertebrae is now unstable. Probably not what you want to hear but hey maybe you can get a 2 for one deal.....................sorry I couldn't resist. LOL
Hi: I'm not a dr either but have had both of these and anteriolisthesis is when the vetrebra slips forward (towards the abdomen) and retro... is when it slips in the opposite direction.
Hopefully your surgeon will be able to do something for this, if you *need* it. Sometimes they leave these alone until there is some degree of nerve involvement (pain, compression). Does it say what the degree of slip is, like numbers 1-4?
Good luck, and I'm sure they will be able to figure something out for this.
It says 2-3 on L4 - the thing is, my fusion is going to be on L5/S1 so since L4 is just above it, I think something will need to be done to it and like dietpepper and vette said, maybe a fusion on that too. I would think that disk needs to be stable. Thanks for your replies everyone!
We hear about slipped discs all the time, its kinda scary when you hear slipped vertebrae isn't it? I can tell you since my surgery two weeks ago I feel alot better, don't let it scare you that much...in my case my imagination made it way worse than it is. We can support you all the way through it and get rid of fears...turn your fears into optomism for the future...thats what everyone did for me, and I'd love to help others know. Here to talk anytime, mostly in bed recovering