The type of surgery performed for a child with scoliosis is called a spinal fusion. The spine is made of multiple joints and a fusion means that the joints are purposely fixed so that they are no longer capable of moving. The main goal of scoliosis surgery is to prevent a large curve from worsening. By performing a spinal fusion, the curve will be fixed so it can no longer move.
The main goal of scoliosis surgery, as stated above, is to fuse the spine and prevent the curve from progressing - not too completely straighten out the spine. In some instances, with flexible curves that are relatively small, nearly complete correction can be attained. Achieving complete correction can be dangerous or sometimes just not possible at all. Rather than "complete curve correction", your surgeon will strive to achieve something called spinal balance.
How Is A Spinal Surgery Performed?
Most of the time, the spine is approached posteriorly (from the back). Screws are placed into a portion of the spine known as the pedicle. Once the screws are placed, the screws are then connected to rods, and the rods are able to "untwist" the spine. There are multiple other techniques that your COA surgeon uses to allow both the spine to fuse as well as for the spine to be balanced. Under most circumstances, your surgeon will perform the operation with either robotic assistance or navigation assistance. Both of these technologies are designed to improve the accuracy of placing the screws into the spine. For more information about the surgery, please click here.
Cutting Edge Technology
COA's spine team has found that using the latest in cutting-edge technologies greatly improves the accuracy of the surgery and decrease the risk to your child. Collectively, the COA spine team perform greater than 200 scoliosis surgeries per year.
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If your child has Scoliosis, come see the physicians at Children's Orthopedics of Atlanta. Our team will meet with you and discuss your child's options in detail.