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Spine-Arthritis, Spine-Care-Surgery questions about Ernakulam, Bermuda

What Is A Bone Graft?


A bone graft is primarily used to stimulate bone healing. It increases bone production and helps the vertebrae heal together into a solid bone. In the past, a bone graft harvested from the patient's hip was the only option for fusing the vertebrae. This type of graft is called an autograft. Harvesting a bone graft requires an additional ...

What Is Involved With A Spinal Fusion Surgery?


In a spinal fusion, the curved vertebrae are fused together so that they heal into a single, solid bone. This will stop growth completely in the abnormal segment of the spine and prevent the curve from getting worse. All spinal fusions use some type of bone material, called a bone graft, to help promote the fusion. Generally, small pieces of...

I Have Back Pain Associated With My Scoliosis. Will The Surgery Relieve It?


Immediately after surgery, there will be more pain than before, but this usually resolves over a period of a few weeks to a few months. Most patients report that their back pain is better at 1 year from surgery than it was beforehand. The x-ray on the left shows two large curves that require surgery. The x-ray of the same patient o...

How Straight Will My Spine Be After Surgery?


Because your spinal bones protect your spinal cord, your surgeon will move the bones only as far as is safe. The degree of correction from surgery depends on how flexible your scoliosis is before your operation. In general, the more flexible your curve is, the better the correction from surgery. Your doctor can measure your flexibility before su...

How Successful Is Surgery For Scoliosis?


Spinal fusion is very successful in stopping the curve from growing. Today, doctors are also able to straighten the curve significantly, which improves the patient's appearance. ...

Do I Need Surgical Treatment For Scoliosis?


If your curve is greater than 50 degrees, it will most likely get worse, even after you are fully grown. This may increase the cosmetic deformity in your back, as well as affect your lung function. Surgery is recommended. Curves between 40 and 50 degrees in a growing child fall into a grey area — several factors may influence whether s...

What Is Surgical Treatment For Scoliosis?


The operation for scoliosis is a spinal fusion. This is essentially a "welding" process. The basic idea is to realign and fuse together the curved vertebrae so that they heal into a single, solid bone. Most scoliosis surgeons agree that children who have very severe curves (50 degrees and higher) will need surgery to lessen the curve a...

What is Epidural Adhesiolysisu?


Epidural Adhesiolysis is a specialized procedure to remove scar tissue from around the spinal nerves. Usually, the scarring occurs following back surgery, interestingly, this scarring can happen even without surgery.  For more information contact the experts at Laser Spine & Pain Institute in New York ...

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