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.
Unless you are totally immobilized from a back injury, your doctor probably will examine your range of motion and nerve function and touch your body to locate the area of discomfort.
Blood and urine tests may be done to determine if the pain is caused by an infection or other systemic problem.
X-rays are useful in pinpointing broken bones or other skeletal defects. They can sometimes help locate problems in connective tissue. To analyze soft-tissue or disc damage, computed tomography (CT) or...