In adults, scoliosis does not always cause pain or require treatment. However, the condition sometimes produces discomfort stemming from either the excessive spinal curvature itself or the resulting spinal nerve compression. When pressured, a spinal nerve can generate radiating leg pain, numbness and muscle weakness, which can potentially become debilitating. In this situation, scoliosis surgery may be recommended, but typically only after nonsurgical treatment does not provide meaningful relief within several weeks.
How to ensure the best possible result from scoliosis surgery
An appropriately selected and prepared patient can anticipate a good outcome from scoliosis surgery.
Before committing to any surgical procedure, it’s essential to talk with a trusted orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon who can provide individualized information and advice. A surgeon can fully explain the risks and benefits of the procedure, taking into account the patient’s age and medical history. For instance, surgical treatment for scoliosis can be complicated by certain coexisting conditions, including:
- Kyphosis (forward curvature of the spine)
- Osteoporosis (which decreases bone density, making the bones weak and brittle)
Minimally invasive scoliosis surgery
The surgeons at USA Spine Care perform minimally invasive surgery to address symptoms of degenerative scoliosis in adults, as well as other degenerative spine conditions. One option for degenerative scoliosis is our minimally invasive stabilization surgery, which is an outpatient approach to spinal fusion that can help stabilize the spine. As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery, resulting in a shorter recovery time and a lower risk of complications.^
If you would like more information about surgical treatment options for degenerative scoliosis, contact us today. Our team can provide a free MRI review* to help you determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive surgery.
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