Giuseppe M. V. Barbagallo, Mario Piccini, Abdulrazzaq Alobaid, Abdulaziz Al-Mutair, Vincenzo Albanese, Francesco Certo

October 2014, Volume 23, Issue 6, pp 705 - 713 Regular Article Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-014-3543-0

First Online: 17 September 2014


To report our early experience with minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in low-dysplastic lumbosacral lytic spondylolisthesis (LDLLS), and to analyze the impact of surgery on postoperative spino-pelvic and sacro-pelvic parameters.


Eight patients (mean age 47.6 years) underwent MIS for LDLLS involving in all but one the L5–S1 level. VAS and ODI were used for clinical assessment. Imaging included pre-operative X-rays, CT and MRI scans. Post-operatively, all patients underwent X-rays and CT-scans. Pelvic incidence (PI), pelvic tilt (PT) and sacral slope (SS) values as well as lumbar lordosis (LL) have been derived from pre- and post-operative standard X-rays.


Mean follow-up is 30.12 months (range 15–42). No complications related to the surgical procedure were observed. Patients reported a satisfactory clinical outcome, as demonstrated by variation in mean VAS (from 9.1 to 3.6) and ODI (from 70.50 to 28.25 %) scores. Comparison between pre- and post-operative sacro-pelvic parameters documented moderate changes, with reduction of PT and increase of SS in all but one patient. Overall sagittal balance of the spine has been evaluated using the sagittal vertical axis (SVA), obtained from post-operative X-rays. Mean value of SVA demonstrated a good sagittal balance of the spine.


This series demonstrates that MIS is feasible and effective for LDLLS, as witnesses by the satisfactory clinical results maintained at medium-term follow-up. We submit that TLIF is a valid option but an adequately sized and positioned interbody cage is a key factor to allow satisfactory restoration of segmental lordosis.

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