Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Scoliosis can be divided into categories depending on the age it presents and it can be treated is several ways depending on the severity of the curve and its progression. Surgery is generally only considered in patients who have continual pain, difficulty breathing, significant deformity, or a steadily worsening curve angle. The goals of most surgical procedures for scoliosis include:
• Reducing the deformity (straighten the spine as much as possible)
• Stopping the progression of the deformity
• Removing any pressure from nerves and spinal cord
• Protecting nerves and spinal cord from further damage
The main surgery for scoliosis is spinal fusion with instrumentation. Nearly all surgeries will use implants (e.g., screws, hooks, rods, etc) in order to help straighten the spine. Screws can be placed in the vertebrae, and then connected by a metal rod. A bone graft might be put in place of the discs that were removed so that the vertebrae sitting next to each other will fuse together. The screws attaching the metal rod are tightened down, straightening the curve.
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