What is the outlook for people with spondylolisthesis?
The chance of having a recurrence of pain depends on the severity of the spondylolisthesis. In the case of a minor slip, where the bone is not pressing on any nerves, the person might never have a recurrence of back pain related to spondylolisthesis.
In general, conservative treatment for mild cases of spondylolisthesis is successful in about 80% of cases. Surgery is successful in relieving symptoms in 85% to 90% of people with severe spondylolisthesis.