Scoliosis: Spinal Instrumentation Without Fusion - Topic Overview
Spinal instrumentation without fusion for
scoliosis involves attaching devices (such as metal
rods, hooks, wires, and screws) in or near the spine to correct a spinal curve
without actually fusing the vertebrae together. The goal of this surgical
procedure is to stabilize a severe spinal curve in a growing child without
fusing an area of the spine that would stop growth in that area.
This procedure is used, with some limitations, on children who are
still growing and have severe spinal curves that are getting worse.
Like the nearly 80% of Americans who will experience a back problem during their lifetime, Beverly Hayes suffers from back pain. For many, the injury is triggered by a strenuous activity, like gardening or weight lifting. Others simply bend down to pick up a pencil and their back gives out.
“It felt like a screwdriver was piercing through my bones,” the 46-year-old Chicago artist says about the pain that developed shortly after she ran a half-marathon. “It took over my life. I...