Scoliosis Surgery Can be used to Treat an Abnormal Spinal Curvature
Scoliosis surgery is a surgical operation performed to treat the abnormal lateral, or sideways curvature of the spine that is the hallmark of scoliosis. Viewed from the front or rear, a normal spine appears to be straight. When a person with scoliosis is viewed from the front or rear, the spine appears to be curved. Scoliosis is highly variable in its severity. Individuals with spinal curves greater than 40 to 50 degrees are often considered candidates for scoliosis surgery. While surgery will not perfectly straighten the spine, the goal is to ensure the curve does not progress. During surgery for scoliosis, vertebrae are fused together (referred to a spinal fusion), so the spine cannot bend. The process is similar to what occurs when the broken pieces of a bone heal to each other.
A Variety of Scoliosis Surgery Options
Spinal surgery for scoliosis can be performed through an incision in the middle of the back, and/or through the side and/or front of the body. The muscles are moved to the side to expose the spine, and the joints between the vertebrae are removed to loosen them. Metal implants (usually rods, screws, hooks or wires) are put in to hold the spine in place while the vertebrae gradually fuse together to each other. Newer implants allow for better correction of the deformity than in the past. The implants most often are not removed and are left in the body, even after the bones have fused. With newer implants, patients can get out of bed the day after surgery and braces are not typically needed. At New Jersey Spine Specialists, our staff of board certified orthopedic spine surgeons have extensive experience performing lumbar spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis for patients from across northern New Jersey, in towns like Morristoen, Madison, Warren and Short Hills, and throughout Morris and Union Counties. Call or email us to schedule a consultation today, and learn more about how New Jersey Spine Specialists can help you.
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