Category Archives: Scoliosis Surgery

Scoliosis is a condition that affects the shape of the spine. While it can occur at any age, it most commonly affects adolescents. The exact cause of scoliosis has been thought to be unknown until now. We now know the cause is due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

The severity of scoliosis can vary from mild to severe. In mild cases, scoliosis may not require a lot treatment, still must be treated. However, in more severe cases, scoliosis can cause pain, difficulty breathing, and deformity. There are several treatment options available for scoliosis, ranging from non-invasive to invasive including rigid bracing and fusion surgery. Read More

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If you or someone you know is suffering from scoliosis, you may be wondering if surgery is the best option. This blog post will provide you with information about scoliosis surgery before and after, so that you can make an informed decision. We will also discuss some of the facts that you need to know about scoliosis surgery. Read More

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Last updated on August 19th, 2022 at 12:17 pm

Scoliosis is a term used to describe any condition that causing a sideways bend or twisting of the spine.  Most often it is “idiopathic” or unknown cause.  About 20 percent of causes are due to a known cause like cerebral palsy or birth defect which may need surgery.  So, can scoliosis be fixed without surgery? Read More

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Last updated on August 17th, 2021 at 01:26 am

Surgical intervention for idiopathic scoliosis dates all the way back to 1865 (France) and resulted in one of the first medical malpractice cases (which later paved the way for the concept of evidence-based medicine). From its controversial beginnings, the discussion has continued on through the decades as newer surgical techniques and hardware became available — with the Harrington rods in the 1960s through the mid 1980s, and the Cortel-Dubousset (C-D) hooks and rods instrumentation as its current predecessor. Read More

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Last updated on August 16th, 2021 at 04:54 am

Adolescent scoliosis is one of those tricky conditions that can evade detection for a long time after it develops. Its subtle symptoms are often dismissed until a rapid growth phase causes the spine’s abnormal curve to suddenly worsen.

Even then, scoliosis can continue to fly under the radar while the curve progresses. In one study, patients with moderate to severe scoliosis went undiagnosed more than 10 percent of the time. Read More

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Last updated on July 9th, 2021 at 06:07 am

Fusionless scoliosis tethering (otherwise known as vertebral body tethering or VBT) is a less invasive surgical procedure that has been used for the past 7 years by a select number of Orthopedic surgeons. While still a highly invasive surgical procedure, as all spinal surgeries are, it does offer some significant advantages over the more widely used spinal fusion for scoliosis procedures. Read More

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Last updated on July 9th, 2021 at 06:07 am

As many as one in 10 scoliosis patients will ultimately get a referral for spinal fusion surgery. Each year, nearly 40,000 choose to endure this invasive procedure.

But just because a doctor recommends spinal fusion doesn’t mean it’s your only — or even best — option.

Before you commit to having your spine fused, it’s important to fully consider the risks of scoliosis surgery. To reach the spine, a surgeon must cut through five layers of spinal muscles, including surrounding ligaments, tendons and the spine’s entire posterior joint system. Stabilizing the curve involves running a solid metal rod through a column of 3-inch screws and hooks inserted into the bone along the entire length of the curve. It’s a highly invasive surgery that requires months of recovery time. Read More

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