The posterior approach for
scoliosis surgery is done from the back of the body.
It involves making a long, straight incision into the back and moving aside the
back muscles to reveal the spine.
Rods, wires, hooks, or screws are attached to the spine in various
ways. The spine is repositioned and held in place with these mechanisms while
the new bone surface fuses. Bone grafts, often taken from the person's pelvic
bone or ribs, are put in place to help the spinal bones fuse together in a
permanent position over time.
Only a person who has experienced a damaged spinal disk understands the agony and helplessness it brings. The pain can be excruciating. Every movement seems to make it worse.
This pain is a warning signal that you should heed. If you take appropriate action, the discomfort usually stops, and the problem can be corrected.
Spinal disks are rubbery pads between the vertebrae, the specialized bones that make up the spinal column. Doctors call them intervertebral disks. Each disk is a flat, circular...