What Scoliosis Surgery Is Really Like

What Scoliosis Surgery Is Really Like

scoliosis-surgeryIf you or a loved one has been diagnosed with scoliosis in Lakeland Florida, you may have been told you need surgery to correct the condition. No matter how skilled the surgeon, every surgical procedure comes with a certain amount of risk. You might wonder if an alternative exists and like many people prefer to avoid a surgical procedure. But first just what is involved in this surgical procedure.

What Does Scoliosis Surgery Involve

In order to correct scoliosis a surgical procedure known as a spinal fusion is performed. The patient is unconscious throughout after a general anesthetic is administered.

During the surgery the surgeon will anchor some rods to your spine using tiny hooks and anchors. The rods will act as a temporary measure acting as a brace and will reduce the curvature of your spine. Next a bone graft is applied to your spine and will eventually fuse to it. The object is to prevent your curvature from progressing further and the rods are left in place rather than risk further surgical procedures.

A long recovery period is to be expected during which some pain, discomfort and loss of mobility are experienced by the patient. The long term goal is halting the progression of scoliosis and its impact on a person’s quality of life.

What Are The Risks Associated With Scoliosis Surgery

As mentioned before any surgical procedure comes with risks some of these are as follows:

  • Implants can come loose or break
  • Nerve damage
  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Development of a secondary curve

A search of the internet shows many patients who didn’t achieve a good outcome and others are experiencing more pain that prior to the surgery.

Are There Alternatives To Surgery

At the Surgical Treatment Clinic in Lakeland, Florida Dr. Barker and his staff offer patients alternatives to undergoing surgery. Contact us for more information.

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