The spine surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide effective surgical treatment for Scoliosis. They use advanced techniques to perform the surgery in order to correct the abnormal curvature and restore the stability of the spine.
Scoliosis Surgery In Frisco
Scoliosis surgery is aimed at correcting a severely abnormal curve of the spine. Scoliosis is an orthopedic condition in which the spine develops a sideways curvature and resembles the shape of either ‘C’ or ‘S’ alphabet. It most commonly occurs during the growing years of the child, just before puberty. The condition can be caused due to congenital bone abnormalities, neuromuscular disorders, spine infections etc. However, a specific type of Scoliosis, Idiopathic Scoliosis, has no identifiable cause.
Scoliosis surgery is performed to stabilize the spine and restore the normal alignment of the shoulders as well as hips. The surgery does not ensure a perfectly straight spine, but helps to cease the progression of the curve.
When Is Scoliosis Surgery Recommended?
Scoliosis Surgery: The Procedure
The curve is moderate to severe in children
Severe, greater than 45°, and progressing curve in adults
Conservative treatment options, such as bracing, are not effective
The condition causes pain and obstructs participation in daily activities
Patient experiences difficulty in breathing due to the curve
Scoliosis causes disabling back pain
Scoliosis surgery is usually performed under the effect of general anesthesia. The spine surgeon may make an incision in the back (posterior approach), chest (anterior approach) or both (anterior-posterior approach). The anterior approach is also known as thoracotomy and involves making a cut through the chest, deflating a rib as well as removing a rib to access the spine. After making the incisions, the spine surgeon may move the muscles aside and replace the joints between the vertebrae with bone grafts. Metal rods, screws and wires may be used to hold the spine in place and allow the grafts to fuse with the vertebrae.
Rehabilitation After Scoliosis Surgery
The duration of hospital stay after a Scoliosis surgery may vary, depending upon the patient’s health condition. For the first few months, the patient may be advised to refrain from strenuous physical activities and avoid lifting heavy weights. A body brace or body cast may be work to keep the spine properly aligned and allow the fusion to take place.
For comprehensive surgical treatment of Scoliosis, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.