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15 year old pars defect surgery?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Lower Back Pain
My son has a pars defect and was suggested to have a spinal fusion. It's very confusing. Yesterday we took him for a second opinion and that surgern suggested a bolt fixture being put into his back to fix the fracture. Does anyone have any good outcomes from this spinal fusion. it's at L5.


  • Hi Jcalvitti. Yes, I have a pars defect and have done some research as well as speaking to multiple docs. It seems that those under 18 years of age do very well with a direct repair of the pars fracture, or as you describe a bolt fixture. There are some studies out there, etc. , but it seems this surgery is preferred over fusing 2 vertebrae together and is much easier to tolerate.

    send me a message with your email if you want to talk further.

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