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11 year old with grade 3 spondylolisthesis

My 11 year old daughter has just been diagnosed with grade 3 spondylolisthesis with accompanying stenosis.
As the orthopeadic surgeon said this condition was above his pay grade so to speak, we have been referred to hospital for a referral for surgery. We are in the UK.
As we have not yet seen the new consultant I have no idea what options are available and the ortho consultant was quite sketchy - largely due to not wanting to terrify our daughter I would imagine.
I would really appreciate any information anyone has especially if they have had children with this condition.
She is already missing out on quite a few activities at school and has only just begun high school, so it's not the start she was hoping for.
Thanks for reading.

Edited to remove hospital name. It is a violation of the rules of Spine Health to post medical facility names.
Sandi ( moderator)


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    I'm sure that you are very concerned for your daughter. She is quite young to have a spondylolysthesis at her age.....She is very young to be in high school though, isn't she? Did you mean middle school ? Does she participate in gymnastics or sports? That could be what caused the slippage if that is the case. They may offer several treatment options because of her age, and depending on her activity levels - sports participation , and lifestyle.
    Hopefully her appointment is soon so that you can discuss those options with the surgeon.

  • So sorry to hear that your daughter has a grade 3 spondylolisthesis while still so young.
    I am also wondering what activities she does as that might have caused the slip to be so large while she is still so young.

    I had a grade 2 spondylolisthesis but this was not found until I was in my 50s. I was told that I would have had the condition since I was a child/teenager. They were surprised that I had managed to carry 3 pregnancies with the problem as the weight of the growing bump is known to pull on the slip and cause more stenosis and compression of nerves.

    I had a fusion and laminectomy which gave me great relief of my bilateral sciatica and lower back pain.

    I am also in the UK. I am sending you a Personal Message.

    Please do ask any questions you may have. There are lots of friendly people here who are very willing to share their experiences.

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