How is Spondylolisthesis Surgery Performed?
Dr. Braxton has three main goals for spondylolisthesis surgery:
- Correct the pressure to the spinal nerve
- Restore the normal alignment of the spine
- Restabilize the spinal structure
To achieve the spinal nerve decompression, Dr. Braxton will first eliminate anything that is pressing on the nerve. A herniated or bulging disc may be removed or narrowing of the foramen, or passageway for the spinal nerve, may be corrected to open up more room for the spinal nerve. Central spinal crowding, known as central spinal stenosis, can be addressed by removing the lamina thus creating more spinal nerve space. Bony debris from degeneration of the facet joints may be removed to alleviate nerve interference.
After the joint has been cleaned, Dr. Braxton utilizes the fusion phase of the treatment to correct any gaps and realign the spine to improve spinal stability. The fusion fills the gaps, stabilizes the spine and promotes normal movement and function to the spine. The fusion bone graft material is used to promote optimal bone growth and spinal stability as quickly as possible for patient recovery. Spinal hardware including screws, cages and rods are used to restabilize the spinal structures.