A scoliosis diagnosis doesn’t guarantee that you need surgery, but severe curves of 45-50 degrees or higher make it more likely. At One Oak Medical, orthopedic and spine surgeon Dr. Faisal Mahmood provides the communities of northern New Jersey and Staten Island, New York with orthopedic treatments like scoliosis surgery as well as physical therapy and rehabilitation to restore your spinal health. For more information on scoliosis surgery and other treatments, schedule an appointment online or call the closest One Oak Medical office in Wayne, Paramus, Point Pleasant, or Middletown, New Jersey, or in Staten Island, New York.
Scoliosis is a condition that affects your spine. When you have scoliosis, your spine develops a side-to-side curve in the shape of an “S” or “C” instead of being straight.
While most cases of scoliosis are mild and require minimal treatment, more severe spinal curves can lead to physical deformities and side effects like pain, and heart and lung damage.
Idiopathic scoliosis makes up 80% of scoliosis cases. Their exact cause is unknown, and it tends to run in families. Girls and boys are at equal risk of developing the condition, but when girls are affected, it typically worsens and requires medical treatment, while cases in boys remain milder.
Additional types of scoliosis include:
Most signs of idiopathic scoliosis appear in children between 10 and 14 years of age. Indications of scoliosis typically include:
In some scoliosis cases, your curved spine can also begin to twist. This rotation can cause the ribs on one side of your body to protrude.
For spinal curves that are 45-50 degrees or more, Dr. Mahmood typically recommends scoliosis surgery to straighten your spine and prevent your condition from worsening. Not only does this treatment reduce the deformity in your back, but it protects your lungs and heart from damage.
Dr. Mahmood usually recommends spinal fusion to treat severe scoliosis. During this procedure, he straightens the bones of your spine by fusing curved vertebrae together. This technique enables the fused bones to heal in a single, solid bone -- similar to how a broken bone heals -- while eliminating abnormal vertebrae growth.
To perform spinal fusion, Dr. Mahmood inserts a bone graft between your affected vertebrae which stimulates your bones to fuse together. While the bones are fusing, a metal rod might be used to hold your spine in position. The extent of your scoliosis surgery depends on the severity of your spinal curve.
Spinal fusion takes between four to eight hours.
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