Scoliosis & Deformity Correction Surgery

When correcting a curve or deformity in the spine, we employ minimally invasive techniques and technologies to cause as little disruption as possible to the patient. Surgical tools that we use include robotic guidance, stealth navigation, ultrasonic or laser cutting devices.

The goal of spinal reconstruction surgery is to decrease the patient’s pain and to place the spine in a more natural position. This can be accomplished using minimally invasive robot-guided spine surgery which allows our surgeons to precisely create and plan a blueprint for surgery before stepping foot in the operating room.

Types of Spinal Deformity Surgeries

Scoliosis is a spinal deformity where an abnormal curvature in the back is present. Often, this type of deformity will be a curvature to the right or left and sometimes will include a rotational aspect of the spine. This type of deformity occurs in adults and adolescents. In certain patient scenarios, scoliosis reconstructive surgery is discussed to help improve symptoms of pain, numbness or tingling. In other scenarios this type of deformity correction is discussed after the scoliosis has progressed to a certain degree with the goal to halt any further progression of this abnormal curvature.

Kyphosis correction is one of the several spinal deformity correction surgeries done by the spinal specialists at VSI. Those with a kyphosis deformity often notice a hunchback appearance, when there is increased curvature in the thoracic spine. The goal of this surgical reconstruction surgery is to decrease patients’ symptoms while restoring their spine to a more natural position. Symptoms often include stiffness, pain and in some cases patients will have numbness or tingling.

Often the degree of flatback deformity worsens with age as there is natural disc degeneration and collapse over time. The goal of this surgery is to restore the normal lordosis; this is done by surgically removing the degenerative discs and replacing them with implants. These implants restore the disc height loss over time and often are hyper-lordotic implants meaning they also restore lordosis.

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Discover the Benefits

Of Spinal Deformity Surgeries

Scoliosis and deformity corrective surgeries help to realign the spine in patients with abnormal curvatures, as well as:

  • Decrease the patient’s pain
  • Prevents progression of deformity
  • Place the spine in a more natural position
  • Decrease numbness and weakness
  • Place the spine in better balanced position for better function
  • Give patients an improved quality of life

Frequently Asked Questions

Spinal Deformity Surgeries

Spinal curves that have progressed greater than 45°, or are causing symptoms such as numbness, weakness, or pain, are normally referred to for surgery.

For 12 weeks after scoliosis corrective surgery postoperative restrictions will include no bending, lifting greater than 5lb, or twisting. Avoiding these activities will put less stress across the surgical area as your body continues to heal. The provider will develop a specialized physical therapy plan for each patient. 

After having surgery, especially a scoliosis corrective surgery, it is natural and necessary to take a few weeks off to focus on your body healing. You will have postoperative activity restrictions for 12 weeks after surgery. However, often patients do start to slowly return to some school and work activities prior to 3 months after surgery. Our goal as spinal specialists is to improve your quality of life by treating your spinal deformity. We are seeing our patients often during the postoperative setting and having many conversations to help determine what activities are safe to proceed with and which may need a few more weeks of recovery before restarting.

Corrective surgery for thoracic kyphosis can be recommended starting with curves starting at over 60 degrees. However your surgeon will discuss with you the prognosis and how to monitor your curve if surgery is not indicated.

Often these types of kyphosis deformities are more common in the thoracic spine. The thoracic spine naturally is less mobile than the cervical or lumbar spine due to the rib cage. Also, with this type of deformity patients often already have limited mobility due to the degree of deformity and associated arthritis in those areas. Therefore, people sometimes notice minimal change in their range of motion or even have improved quality of life as their symptoms are no longer limiting their activities.

Surgery may be needed for patients whose deformity is worsening over time, or who have curvatures leading to nerve compression causing symptoms such as numbness, weakness, or pain.

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