Spondylolisthesis Surgery

The neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) provide expert spondylolisthesis surgery. Our skilled team is experienced in performing minimally invasive and open procedures that can decrease your pain.

At LVHN, you’ll find expert surgical care for spondylolisthesis. If you tried conservative methods such as physical therapy, rest and medication but are still experiencing pain, you have other options. Surgery might offer you long-term back pain relief.

We are leaders in navigated surgeries and have the region’s only spinal neuro-navigation system. This technology provides detailed views of the spine during surgery so we can protect sensitive areas and perform a safe procedure.

Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra in your back slides over the bone beneath it. Learn more about spondylolisthesis

When the pain persists despite nonsurgical treatment, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure.

Anterior lumbar fusion

We fuse (join) vertebrae, the bony sections of your spinal cord, to ease pain in the lower back and leg. We typically access the lower back through an abdominal incision. 

Posterior lumbar fusion

This fusion procedure helps ease pain in the lower back and neck. We access the spine through an incision in your back. 


We remove a part of the vertebral bone called the lamina. We may perform this procedure using either minimally invasive or open techniques, depending on what will offer you the most effective results:

  • Microlaminectomy: In this minimally invasive procedure, we use tiny incisions and move aside back muscles to access and remove the lamina. Recovery takes a few days.
  • Traditional laminectomy: This open procedure requires a larger incision, and we need to cut the ligaments and muscles. Recovery is longer than with a microlaminectomy.

Spine rehab

Our rehabilitation specialists customize a therapy plan to help you improve your strength and function.

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Advanced Spine Center

If you have back pain, call our Advanced Spine Center.

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