Spondylolisthesis is caused when one of the vertebrae in the spine begins to slide forward or backward over the bone below. Though it typically occurs in the lower spine, it may also be seen across the spine’s entirety. In some patients, the condition may also cause the spinal cord or nerve roots to be squeezed. Should this happen, a patient may experience symptoms such as leg numbness or weakness or back pain. The origin of spondylolisthesis may be congenital, degenerative, or traumatic in its origin. Its symptoms may also include pain, stiffness, and muscle spasms.
BRUCE R. ~ SPONDYLOLISTHESIS, LUMBAR REGION; SPONDYLOSIS RADICULOPATHY, LUMBAR REGION
I was lucky enough to meet Dr. Asghar a few months before I knew I needed my surgery. Which to me is just as important. It took a few appointments to properly understand my problem. He honestly took as much time as I needed to explain my procedure before the hospital and aftercare. Great-great choice. Would recommend him highly. Great friendly staff as well.
JOHN D. ~ STENOSIS, SPONDYLOLISTHESIS
I have always enjoyed physical activity. It is a very important part of my life. Due to a bicycle accident in May 2017, my ability to not only work out but also perform normal choirs such as gardening became almost impossible. My condition continued to worsen to the point it became difficult to walk without risking incredible spasmodic pain in one or both legs. In September 2017, I visited my primary doctor who diagnosed a neurological issue in which diagnosis was confirmed by a neurologist. A friend and orthopedic surgeon highly recommended Dr. Jeff Cantor. When I visited Dr. Cantor, I was admittedly skeptical of his claim that following surgery I would be without pain and able to resume all those activities I had been doing before my bike accident.
In early November 2017, at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Dr. Cantor performed an Extreme Lumbar Interbody Fusion. The operation lasted almost eight hours. That evening, after the nurses had left, I got out of my hospital bed and walked - no spasmodic pain, none, just as Dr. Cantor had promised. Now, 15 months after the operation, I am able to bicycle, ride the elliptical and Stairmaster machine, and also the treadmill without limitation or pain. Last week, I worked outside in my backyard for 5 1/2 hours on a construction project. That day and the next, I had no residual back pain. It is almost too good to be true. My back feels better now than it has in the last 25 or 30 years. I highly recommend Dr. Cantor. I don't think there is a better back surgeon.
TONY ~ STENOSIS, SPONDYLOLISTHESIS
I suffered from chronic back pain over two years. I tried chiropractor visits 3 times per week, pain management sessions, epidurals, facet blockers and RFA, not to mention countless prescriptions for pain medication. Nothing seemed to help. Finally, I was referred to Dr. Cantor. He reviewed my MRI and explained my situation in great detail. He did not immediately recommend surgery however he presented to me that surgery was an option but only when I was ready. He was very detailed about the severity of the surgery and the long recovery. So I went home and thought about it. Four months later I decided that I could not take the pain any longer.
I met with Dr. Cantor and he reiterated everything we had discussed in the initial consultation. He is absolutely correct. It was not a simple operation and the pain was worse during the first 7 weeks of the recovery period. However, three months post-surgery I can honestly and surprisingly say I have no pain! I am extremely blessed to have found Dr. Cantor and his amazing team. If your pain can be corrected then this is the team that will make it happen. Thank You for giving me back my life.
JANE G ~ SPONDYLOLISTHESIS
I want to express my appreciation for the care I received at the Cantor Spine Institute in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. I interviewed three top spinal surgeons in South Florida and after meeting Dr. Cantor and his staff, I knew it was the right choice for me. Dr. Cantor has the reputation of a top-class surgeon and I was impressed that he took his time on my first visit to explain in detail my condition and what to expect during my surgery. His physician assistants were always there for me to answer any questions or concerns I had throughout my experience. His office staff was always friendly and professional. I am very happy with my results.