Scoliosis

What is Scoliosis?

When looking straight ahead, the spine is straight. If it has a curve to the sides it is called scoliosis. Thus, on an x-ray, the spine of a person with scoliosis looks more like a «C» or an «S» than a straight line, making the person’s waist or shoulders appear uneven.

Which are the Consequences of Scoliosis?

It can cause back pain and pain in the lower limbs, especially in severe scoliosis cases that lead to spinal osteoarthritis and compression of nerves exiting the vertebrae towards the extremities.

 

Scoliosis causes cosmetic issues, creating trunk asymmetry and rib hump that can be distressing for the patient and their family.

 

Severe scoliosis is also associated with decreased pulmonary respiratory function, which can have life-threatening consequences for the patient. Additionally, these severe cases of scoliosis will continue to increase throughout life if left untreated.

How is Scoliosis Treated?

In general, curves larger than 25 degrees in children require treatment with braces to prevent them from increasing. When the curves are over 45 degrees, surgery is necessary to avoid the consequences of these severe scoliosis cases.

Conventional surgery corrects scoliosis by fusing the spine, resulting in permanent loss of mobility, which can have negative implications for the rest of the non-fused spine. Additionally, metallic implants are left in place for life.

The ideal surgery for patients who have not finished growing is correction while maintaining the mobility of the spine and avoiding the use of metallic implants and their potential consequences. With this method, scoliosis and the cosmetic deformity are corrected from the back of the spine. The curve is completely corrected by placing temporary metallic implants on the vertebrae, and once the patient has finished growing, typically from two to three years after scoliosis correction, the implants are removed, restoring vertebral mobility.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Surgery without Loss of Vertebral Mobility

With this innovative surgery, performed by Dr. Burgos, the loss of mobility of the spine is avoided and metal implants are not left; as well as solutions to back pain, esthetic alterations and difficulty breathing.

Benefits of Dr. Burgos' technique

  • Less invasive technique than the traditional approach
  • Patients can resume daily life and engage in non-contact sports after the procedure
  • Correction of aesthetic deformity
  • Preservation of mobility of the spine
  • No metal implant residues in the spine

How is this Surgery Implemented?

A Surgical Method That Makes A Difference And Avoids The Complications Of Traditional Surgery

It is performed by the conventional or mini-invasive approach, using implants to completely correct the scoliosis.

  • This intervention requires a short hospitalization. After this operation, children can lead a normal life and play non-contact sports.
  • When growth is complete, approximately two and a half years post surgery, the previous instrumentation will be removed, and in this way the correction obtained and the mobility of the spine will be maintained.
  • Instrumentation removal surgery requires two or three days of hospitalization.

Disadvantages of the traditional approach

  • The traditional method leaves an important part of the spine rigid with loss of mobility and increased movement of the spine that remained mobile at the ends. This causes neighboring disks to break down. 
  • Metal implants are maintained throughout life, which produces an increase in blood levels.
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