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Old 03-23-2007, 09:49 PM   #1
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What Is Anterolisthesis?

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.

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Old 03-24-2007, 04:17 AM   #2
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Re: What Is Anterolisthesis?

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

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Re: What Is Anterolisthesis?

I've never heard of it termed that way, mine was called retrolisthesis and it was moving the opposite way. I just had fusion for it and the DDD.

 
Old 03-24-2007, 03:33 PM   #4
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Re: What Is Anterolisthesis?

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.

 
Old 03-24-2007, 03:42 PM   #5
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Re: What Is Anterolisthesis?

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!

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Re: What Is Anterolisthesis?

Its actually the vertebrae slipping not the disc, which makes it more of a concern. I hope you get it all fixed at once so you can go forward. vette

 
Old 03-24-2007, 11:37 PM   #7
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Re: What Is Anterolisthesis?

Thanks vette, and for clarifying that for me. I'm anxious to hear from the dr. Monday, the day before my surgery. I have to bring him the films I had Friday too. So much last minute.

 
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Harmony -- All I can say is PRAISE GOD this was discovered before your surgery. GOD IS GOOD. You surgeon must have had a suspicion.

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Old 03-25-2007, 07:12 AM   #9
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Re: What Is Anterolisthesis?

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

 
Old 03-25-2007, 10:24 AM   #10
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Re: What Is Anterolisthesis?

Thanks! I'm praising God too to find this out ahead of time! Whew! I'll find out more tomorrow what the dr. says. Thanks again for your support. I'm praying for both of you too in your recovery.

Harmony

 
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