Scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine typically diagnosed in adolescents, may worsen if untreated. Scoliosis correction is a surgical procedure for patients whose symptoms don't improve with nonsurgical treatments. This spinal fusion procedure involves removing curvature-causing tissues, placing bone graft packed spacers between vertebrae, and fixing the vertebrae with rods and screws. Over time, the bone graft fuses to create a solid, pain-free vertebra. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained specialists aim to minimize fused levels for maximum post-recovery movement. While most scoliosis cases are asymptomatic or manageable with nonsurgical treatments, surgery may be recommended for unresponsive symptoms or complications like disc herniation or severe deformities. Early diagnosis is crucial for better outcomes. Contact us for an accurate diagnosis and customized treatment plan from our spine specialists.
Scoliosis correction is a surgical procedure to straighten the spine. Adolescents and adults may undergo a scoliosis correction when nonsurgical treatment options do not improve scoliosis symptoms. A posterior approach (from the back) is usually used on adolescents and a posterior, anterior (from the front), or lateral (from the side) approach is used on adults, depending on their condition. Scoliosis correction is a spinal fusion procedure:
First, the surgeon removes pieces of soft tissue and bone that cause the curvature
Next, a bone graft packed spacer is placed between adjacent vertebrae
Last, rods and screws fixate the vertebrae in an anatomical position
Bone graft fuses with existing bone over the courses of many months to form a single solid vertebra that does not move but causes no pain. Multiple levels need to be fused to correct most curves. Our spine specialists fuse the minimum number of levels needed to correct the curve so movement after recovery is maximized. Our specialists are board-certified and fellowship-trained scoliosis correction experts who has helped improve countless patients.
Scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine to curve. The overwhelming majority of cases of scoliosis are either asymptomatic or cause symptoms nonsurgical treatment options easily manage. Scoliosis correction may be recommended when scoliosis symptoms do not respond to nonsurgical treatment options and/or scoliosis causes another spine disorder, such as disc herniation, accelerated disc degeneration, and severe anatomical deformities.
An early scoliosis diagnosis is always best as early treatment leads to the condition becoming worse. To receive an accurate diagnosis and customized treatment plan, please contact us and make an appointment with one of our spine specialists.