Spine Deformity Reconstruction

Spine reconstruction techniques have evolved over the years and currently involve the use of cutting edge technology such as artificial disc replacement for movement preservation, minimally invasive techniques to provide relief for fractures or disc disease, robot assisted surgical procedures and other more traditional procedures.

Spine reconstruction may be recommended if any of the following have occurred: injury, trauma, infection, deformity, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, metastatic or primary tumors, axial skeleton pain, congenital abnormalities, herniated discs, fractures, vascular malformations, etc.  Treatment options for spine reconstruction may involve: minimally invasive, artificial disc implementation, endoscopy, neuro-navigational technology, standard surgical options, computer aided stereotactic technology, kyphoplasty, percutaneous fusion techniques, etc.

Symptoms that may indicate spinal problems include pain in the area or surrounding area, numbness, the feeling of having a pinched nerve, loss of strength or a pins and needles feeling in the area.  For those that have symptoms, a physician should be consulted.  X-rays, CT scan or MRI are usually required to determine the source and severity of the problem.

Complex spinal reconstruction for conditions such as scoliosis, kyphosis, flatback syndrome or kyphoscoliosis may be necessary for patients who have a deformity or misalignment affecting a major portion of their spine. A spinal fusion surgery then may be considered by a spine specialist to properly realign the spine, and then the abnormal curvature that has been corrected is stabilized in place with rods, pins or rods to help fuse the vertebrae together to maintain the alignment or to prevent the deformity from worsening.

Recovery time from surgery will be different for every patient and may be longer or shorter according to how invasive the procedure was, where the surgery took place and how extensive the surgery was. Patients are urged to heed their surgeon’s advice when it comes to recovery so that patients are up and moving as soon as possible.