Pars repair surgery can be quite effective for the “right” fracture defect. If there is a significant slip, disc degeneration or atrophic (very thinned) pars ends, the repair surgery will not work and a fusion should be considered. Either fusion or repair can eliminate the tingling.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.