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How Scoliosis Surgery Brings Normal Curvature of the Spine

By Alexs Subscribe to RSS | May 22nd 2012 | Views:
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Scoliosis is a fairly common spine condition that affects the normal curvature of the body and is unable to give ideal support for movement. The abnormality brings severe scoliosis pain and the inability to perform any kind of physical work. Scoliosis may affect any age group,, which is where the terms juvenile and adult scoliosis was derived.

The best way to find scoliosis treatment is through physiotherapy or surgery. Scoliosis surgery repairs abnormal curving of the spine. The objective of surgery is to safely straighten the spine, alignment of shoulders and hips and to give long term correction of back problem.

During surgery, the scoliosis specialist will use steel rods, hooks screws or other metal devices to straighten spine and support the bones of the spine. This procedure can be performed perfectly through posterior approach, a surgical cut in the back that may take some hours. The surgery can also be performed through thoracotomy, a cut through the chest wall to deflate lungs and to remove the ribs. This procedure may bring quick recovery to the patient. Sometimes the surgeons have to perform both kind of operation simultaneously which can take a longer duration of time. Out of all, VATS, Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, a newer technique is used for specific kind of spinal curves. It takes lot of skills and is performed by specific scoliosis specialist. The patient will have to wear braces for around 3 months after this procedure.

During the surgery:

• The surgeon will move muscles aside after making the cut.

• The joints between the different vertebrae (the bones of the spine) will be taken out.

• Bone grafts will often be put in to replace them.

• Metal instruments, such as rods, screws, hooks, or wires will also be placed to help hold the spine together until the bone grafts attach and heal completely.

Why scoliosis surgery is needed?

The scoliosis treatment followed by surgery by an experienced surgeon may bring following results:

• To enhance the overall appearance of the body and its posture

• To reduce the scoliosis pain affecting the whole body and its movement

• To reduce the severe curvature that may bring more repercussion like breathing problem, heart diseases.

• To enhance the movement of the body to suggest normal living.

Before scoliosis surgery the patient will have to undergo certain performances and they are:

• The patient will have a complete physical exam by the doctor.

• He/she will have to learn about the surgery and what to expect.

• He/she must learn how to do special breathing exercises to help the lungs recover after surgery.

• The patient will be taught special ways to do everyday things after surgery to protect the spine. He or she will learn how to move properly, change from one position to another, and sit, stand, and walk.

• The patient must use a "log-rolling" technique when getting out of bed. This means moving the entire body at once to avoid twisting the spine.

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Scoliosis is best diagnosed and treated at the hands of the Scoliosis specialist. Once they diagnose your problems by conducting tests the holistic scoliosis treatment are carried forward by them to relieve you from this awful disease.

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