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direct pars repair

capo145ccapo145 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am 19 years old and have always been very active, but for nearly a year I have had increasing back pain due to spondylylosthesis between L5-S1 cause by a pars defect in L5.

I am looking for a surgeon who can perform a direct pars repair (rather than a fusion), preferably in Australia, but so far no luck. Does anyone know of any?

I desperately want to return to sport as I was training 6 days per week before the pain stopped me and don't know what to do with myself now.

Conservative therapy has lessened the pain, but it is still there and this therapy won't allow me to return to an active lifestyle.

Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated,
many thanks,


  • Hi Cozzy,

    I am afraid I will not be able to offer much help, but I wanted to welcome you to our forum. Hopefully some of the other spineys can offer you advise. My only thought is that how I understand it once you have spondylylosthesis most surgeons recommend fusion. But it is always a good idea to explore other options and seek out a second opinion.

    You are young and hopefully that will aid you in your recovery and allowing you to return to your previous activities. This is only my gut feeling, for a more accurate prognosis you'll have to consult with some specialists.

    Good luck in your search and keep us posted.

  • my understanding is that direct pars repair has not had a good track record, hence the fusions. If you go with someone for direct pars repair, I would suggest getting a success rate from him and ask for the length of time since the pars repair.
    good luck.
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