Learn all about Spondylolisthesis

What is Spondylolisthesis?

Occurring in the lower back, spondylolisthesis is the slippage of vertebrae, often as a result of heavy lifting and twisting of the torso. The lower back bears most of the upper body’s weight, making it more prone to vertebral slippage. Tight or stiff back muscles and pain in the area of slippage and in the thighs and buttocks may all

Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

Occurring predominately in older patients, degenerative spondylolisthesis is a form of slippage occurring when cartilage deteriorates, leading to arthritic changes in the vertebrae.

Isthmic Spondylolisthesis

Isthmic spondylolisthesis is the result of fractured facet joints, often from repetitive trauma to the spine. Isthmic spondylolisthesis is common among athletes, especially those who constantly hyperextend their spine.

Read what our patients are saying:

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“I practiced cardiac surgery for greater than 30 years in Los Angeles.  I retired with the with the intention of travelling and enjoying life with my wife and spinal stenosis stopped me in my tracks.  I had a spondylolisthesis with lumbar stenosis and the nerve pain in my legs became so severe that I could not walk.  I could barely get up. 

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I had consultations and opinions form doctors in L.A., New York, and frankly all over the country with similar recommendations for an extensive fusion procedure.  My research led me to Dr. Jeffrey Cantor in Fort Lauderdale Florida.  He developed a less invasive technique that isolated and removed the pressure on the spinal nerves form the inside out, preserving the important structure of the spine.  There would be no need for an extensive multiple level fusion.

I had the procedure in early 2010.  I was out of the hospital in one day, completely healed in three months, and have been traveling ever since.”

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Jack S., M.D.



“I would like to thank you and your team for the quality of medical care and great success you provided me with my back surgery.

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My wife and I had met a young lady through mutual friends who had undergone an extensive neck operation with great success. She and her husband gave us a chronological history of the process they went through from surgery to recovery. It was very compelling. I made the appointment with her surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Cantor.

In the examination, the PA did a more comprehensive preliminary than I had experienced previously. Dr. Cantor came in the room and we began what turned out to be a informal conversation that progressed into a 45 minute assessment and detailed procedure of what he envisioned as a solution to my problem. He outlined the protocol from surgery through recovery with the final outcome being no pain or disability. It all made sense to me.
Surgery was done on November 15, 2010. Today, I’m back in the gym and walking for one hour without any pain. Great job guys!”

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Gary N.
Battalion Chief, Ret.
Special Operations
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Dept.



“I’d like to share my personal experiences with you. Prior to surgery, I was an active 72 year old, golfing, sailing, etc., but as the years progressed, I started suffering severe lower back pain and had to curtail my daily activities. It was then that I decided to consult pain management doctors.

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After many attempts to ease my pain (epidurals), I was not able to continue my activities without being tired and exhausted. The pain persisted. Finally, I research a spinal surgeon and your name came highly recommended. I made the appointment for a consultation. That appointment went well and I decided to proceed with the surgery. From day one, I was instructed in detail what I should expect. A nutritionist was suggested with the healing process. That proved to be exceptional. Right from the beginning, I started eating a very nutritional diet which certainly helped with my recuperation. All the extra incentives for my recovery were in place, ice water for pain and swelling, a brace to restrict my bodily movement (bending, twisting) and a bone stimulator which helped with the success of the fusion.

Thanks to your expertise, I was able to rebound and continue a normal life relatively pain free. My energy level is back and the pain I was experiencing before surgery is gone. I am now on a plan of walking and swimming to improve my flexibility and strength.

In closing, I want to thank you for your excellent care and commend your entire staff for their efficiency.”

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Judith S.

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“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.

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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.”

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Jane G.

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“I suffered from chronic back pain over two year. 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.

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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.”

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“I am an Orthopaedic Surgeon and also a patient of Dr. Jeff Cantor.  I had progressive spinal stenosis with numbness in my legs whenever I would walk 50 feet , ending up in a hunched over position.  After researching the treatment options and consultation with two top New England spine surgeons, I chose to have Dr. Cantor perform my surgery.

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Discharged the next morning , I was able to walk out of the hospital in an erect position with minimal discomfort and no further numbness or weakness. My post-operative course (now 6 weeks)  has been uncomplicated with minimal discomfort requiring minimal amounts of Tylenol and no narcotics. Using his ultrasonic scalpel, Dr. Cantor was able to perform a two level decompression without the need for fusion. This is different from laser surgery which treats the symptoms but does not deal with the primary problem. Although I do not expect that everyone will do as well, I feel that Dr. Cantor will spend time with each patient and individualize treatment accordingly. Highly recommended!” 

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J. W. Lyons, MD