This ultimate treatment applies to 1 out of 23 scoliotic patients. It is recommended when the scoliosis is:
- Rapidly worsening
- A trunk deformity is prominent.
What type of surgery is performed?
Metal rods are fixed to the spine and a vertebral fusion is carried out to permanently fix the spine. It requires a surgical procedure done under general anaesthesia. The region of the spine that has been operated on or fused becomes rigid; this has normally no major consequences to the daily life of the patient, short or mid- term although inevitably, there is some restriction of movement.
What is the purpose of the surgery?
- To reduce the deformity
- To stop the progression
- To avoid severe consequences on respiratory and cardiac functions which could evolve in the future.