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Surgery for Scoliosis and other spinal conditions

For some patients, surgery is the only option to prevent a scoliosis worsening. In other advanced cases, a surgical consultation is often advised prior to beginning non-surgical treatment.

When do I need Scoliosis Surgery

  • There are 3 main reasons to consider scoliosis surgery. 1) When a scoliosis curve is very large to stop it from progressing further. 2) When a person is very concerned about how they look because of the scoliosis 3) in serve cases to preserve lung function. 
  • A spinal surgeon will assess the patient and may require x-rays and CT or MRI scans
  • Scoliosis surgery usually involves fusing the bones of the spine into a straighter alignment
  • Sometimes rods are inserted to hold the spine straight
  • In certain cases new approaches such as tethering maybe an option
  • If you are unsure of the degree of scoliosis, you can start by booking a consultation. 

What is Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT)?

  • Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) is a new type of surgery technique that does not involve spinal fusion. It is becoming an alternative to traditional spinal fusion surgery. 
  • VBT is usually a one off surgery, rarely requiring surgical upgrades
  • As there is no fusion of the vertebrae, the spine can keep its flexibility and allow room for growth
  • Retaining spinal flexibility allows the patient to return to sports or other activities
  • Because the technique is minimally invasive, it can lead to a shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery 
  • The flexible cord will generates a noticeable difference in posture soon after surgery
  • Many patients are able to be up and walking on the same day as their surgery

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