Spondylolisthesis

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Dr. Virella is a Board Certified Minimally Invasive Neurosurgeon

Agoura Hills / Palmdale / Valencia

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Specializing in Spondylolisthesis Treatment

What is spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis of the spine (neck/back) is a condition characterized by one vertebra sliding forward over another. The lumbar or lower back vertebrae are those that most commonly experience spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis is typically categorized as one of the following:

  1. Congenital spondylolisthesis. The condition is present at birth or develops during childhood.
  2. Degenerative spondylolisthesis. The condition occurs due to degenerative processes (i.e. osteoarthritis) or an accident, injury, trauma.

Dr. Virella is a spondylolisthesis doctor/surgeon who provides suffering patients with long-lasting or permanent symptom relief.

What are the symptoms of spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis may cause a variety of symptoms. The most common of which include the following:

  • Lower back pain
  • Lower extremity pain or weakness
  • Tight hamstring muscles
  • Posture abnormalities

Serious cases of spondylolisthesis may impair bowel and bladder functions. Gait patterns and motor skills may also be affected if spondylolisthesis is left untreated.

What are the treatment/procedure options for spondylolisthesis?

Nonsurgical treatment of spondylolisthesis usually involves a combination of the following treatment options:

  • Rest
  • Physical therapy (strengthening of the core and lower back muscles)
  • Pain medications or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
  • Weight loss

Surgical treatment is usually recommended to treat severe spondylolisthesis, spondylolisthesis that has pinched a spinal nerve root or the spinal cord, and/or spondylolisthesis that causes extreme pain.

Dr. Virella is an expert at performing spondylolisthesis surgery. The most common minimally invasive surgeries he performs include a nerve decompression and minimally invasive spinal fusion. The goal of a nerve decompression is to take pressure off a compressed nerve. The goal of a spinal fusion is to improve spinal stability by fusing adjacent vertebrae.

Patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery with Dr. Virella typically experience a marked improvement in symptom severity in a short period of time. They are able to recover and return to normal activities faster than patients who undergo traditional spine surgery. Dr. Virella has helped hundreds of patients with spondylolisthesis return to a normal, pain-free life.

If you are ready to find a solution to your back, neck or spine condition contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Virella. With three convenient locations in Agoura Hills, CA, Valencia, CA, and Palmdale, CA, making an appointment is easier than ever.

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Anthony Virella, MD
Anthony Virella, MD is a Board-Certified, Fellowship Trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management spinal disorders. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program and completed his Complex Spine Resident Fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Additional work included a second Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center.  Dr. Virella is a nationally recognized spine specialist and has authored numerous articles and lectured nationally and internationally in the field of Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
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People all over the world delay their treatments due to long-term anxieties and fears surrounding spine surgery and treatments in general. Our practice has worked with many patients over the years and we understand these valid concerns. If you have these general concerns, please click below to read “A Message from Dr. Virella“.
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Relieving your pain should not be a cause for anxiety, and we take every step possible to make sure our patients are comfortable, secure and relaxed from their first visit to their last. Remember, there is nothing scary about taking back control of your life and relieving your pain. Our practice is highly organized and provides step-by-step guided help the entire way to keep you relaxed with your focus where it should be- on you.

You’ve already taken the first step by searching for the right doctor and can soon be on a path to a pain-free life. Call our practice today (805-449-0088or request a callback to come and visit with me. We will sit down together and discuss your concerns. Then, I will provide you with a thorough analysis and review of a suggested care path and treatment options.

I pride myself in being extremely attentive to my patients, using extreme caution and putting to work my experience (of nearly two decades) in conservative treatments and minimally invasive procedures that have given thousands of patient their lives back. I have spent my life designing a new approach to spine treatments that reduce any anxieties of my patients by providing them with a comprehensive strategy that makes sense and is proven.

Don’t let your pain get worse by delaying getting the help you need. Neglecting needed treatment will (almost certainly) make your situation worse. We hope you decide to take control of your pain and your life. We welcome and look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to shares our skills and successes with you. Thank you for taking the time to read and we hope to see you soon.

ANTHONY A. VIRELLA M.D., F.A.C.S