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Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Scoliosis can be divided into categories depending on the age it presents. 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 your spine. Screws can be placed in the vertebrae, and then connected by a metal rod. The screws attaching the metal rod are tightened down, straightening the curve.

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