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What does laminectomy mean ?

Could someone please explain what this report means please laminectomy at l5/s1 with grade 1 retrolisthesis and medic type 2 changes as well as mild fact arthritis and predominant disc component abutting the left s1 nerve root it is also noted mild lateral recess stenosis and bilateral moderate foraminal stenosis thanks to anyone who can answer this for me and what would be the treatment needed to help with the condition I need to find out for my father his age is 43 years of age thank you
Asked On : Sat, 18 Jun 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi, Welcome to HealthcareMagic Forum.
Your Dad's report suggests he has Lumbar Spondylolisthesis which is a condition in which a vertebra in the lower part of the spine slips out of the proper position onto the vertebra below it causing nerve compression and Pressure symptoms like Lower back pain, Muscle tightness, thighs and buttocks pain, muscle Stiffness and Tenderness in the area of the slipped disc, in your dad's case it is L5 and S1 vertebrae. In addition to this, the foramina or as we call it spinal canal is narrowed which is called spinal stenosis. Consult your Orthopedist, he will explain it to you in a better way by means of diagrams.
The treatment includes both surgical and non surgical. The surgical treatment includes, fusion of the slipped disc if the symptoms are severe, A brace or body cast should be used after surgery. He will need follow up x rays to see if the vertebrae are changing position over time. Non-Surgical treatment includes, Analgesics, Physiotherapy and a back brace. Your treating would know better.

Hope I have answered your query, I will be available to answer your follow up queries.

I Wish him Good Health, Take Care.
Answered: Sat, 18 Jun 2011
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Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist Kartikey Chaudhari's  Response
he has Lumbar Spondylolisthesis which is a condition in which a vertebra in the lower part of the spine slips out of the proper position onto the vertebra below it causing nerve compression and Pressure symptoms like Lower back pain, Muscle tightness, thighs and buttocks pain, muscle Stiffness and Tenderness in the area of the slipped disc, in your dad's case it is L5 and S1 vertebrae.Treatment would be laminectomy and post op physiotherapy.
Answered: Sun, 26 Jun 2011
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