Fall 2012 Issue
|Spinal Deformity Surgery
Complex Procedures Can Reshape Patients’ Futures
Spinal Tumor A spinal tumor can cause the spine to become unstable and may require procedures to remove the tumor and prevent instability.
Degenerative Conditions Conditions such as scoliosis, kyphosis, Scheuermann’s disease, spondylolisthesis, or spinal fracture can all cause a curvature to the spine.
Pseudoarthrosis This condition occurs when vertebrae fail to fuse after spinal fusion surgery. The most common cause of pseudoarthrosis is smoking. Other risk factors include malnutrition, obesity, osteoporosis, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Pseudoarthrosis or other factors can lead to the need for revision spinal surgery.
Minimally Invasive Procedures
Even with the complexity involved with spinal deformity surgery, it is possible to use minimally invasive procedures, such as XLIF (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion), to treat many conditions. With XLIF, our spine surgeons use a surgical approach from the side rather than from the front or the back in order to access the disc space. The specific factors and intricacies of each patient’s case determine which techniques can be most effective.
To learn more about the spinal deformity surgery options available at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates or to contact Dr. Kevin Cahill, call 800-344-6716.
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