Minimally invasive stabilization surgery to treat a pars defect

Minimally invasive stabilization at Laser Spine Institute may be a treatment option for patients who are experiencing symptoms related to a pars defect. A pars defect occurs when there is a small fracture in the pars interarticularis, or the segment of a vertebra that makes up the arch surrounding the spinal cord. This type of fracture is common in athletes who participate in high-impact sports like football, karate and gymnastics. Initially, the body may try to heal the pars interarticularis by adding new bone cells to the fractured area, but the natural healing process is frequently imperfect and a lasting pars defect can be the result.

A pars defect can lead to spondylolisthesis, which is the displacement of a vertebra. A pars defect may also cause the compression of the spinal cord or a nerve root, which can lead to pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. While the symptoms of a pars defect can often be treated nonsurgically, some patients may be candidates for spinal fusion if they have been unable to find relief with pain medication, lifestyle changes and physical therapy. The team at Laser Spine Institute wants to help you make an informed and confident decision, contact us today if you have any questions or want to learn more about your condition and treatment options.

Benefits of minimally invasive stabilization compared to open spine fusion

Traditionally, vertebral fusion has been a highly invasive open spine operation involving a large incision, muscle disruption and a long recovery. Thanks to medical advances and development of technology, minimally invasive spine stabilization procedures are now available. The minimally invasive stabilization we have developed at Laser Spine Institute accomplishes the same results as a traditional open spinal fusion but offers a number of benefits, including:

  • Muscle-sparing techniques
  • No lengthy recovery^
  • Small incision
  • Minimally invasive outpatient procedure
  • Board-certified surgeons+

While this type of procedure is an alternative to a highly invasive traditional open spine fusion, not all patients will be candidates for minimally invasive stabilization. Becoming a candidate will depend on the severity of the patient’s condition, his or her overall level of health and other factors.

Reach out to Laser Spine Institute

In the event that you have attempted several months of conservative treatments for symptoms related to a pars defect and are now considering surgery, be sure to research all of your options carefully. Meet with several spine specialists and ask each one which type of surgery he or she is recommending and why, what the risks and benefits of that particular procedure are and if there are any further nonsurgical approaches that you might try.

If you would like to learn more about minimally invasive spine stabilization and other surgical options we offer, we are here to help. Reach out to our caring and dedicated team today for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.