Minimally Invasive Scoliosis Correction
Minimally Invasive Scoliosis Correction is a scoliosis treatment in which surgery is performed through a few small incisions rather than one long incision to offer long-term scoliosis treatment and pain relief. A thin, telescope-like instrument with a tiny video camera called an endoscope is inserted through one of the small incisions. The inserted endoscope provides the surgeon with internal images of the patient’s body onto a television screen in the operating room. In addition, X-ray images from a fluoroscope positioned around the patient guide the surgeon to perform the surgery through small incisions. The use of endoscope and fluoroscope improves visualization of the chest cavity and spinal column and allows greater flexibility for placement of the instrumentation in the spine.
Less invasive surgical techniques such as use of a series of sequential dilators to dilate the muscles without cutting them and a retractor to create a small tunnel to view the spine are also used, resulting in less trauma to the surrounding muscles and tissue. This results in:
- A few small scars rather than one large scar
- Less blood loss during surgery
- Less postoperative pain
- Shorter hospital stay
- Reduced risk of infection
- Shorter recovery time with quicker return to daily activities, including work
Minimally invasive scoliosis surgery is not appropriate for every patient. Your doctor will determine the right approach for you depending on the type of scoliosis, location of the curvature of spine, ease of approach to the area of the curve, among other factors.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a back disorder where the spine is curved or twisted out of place. It can pull on the muscles surrounding it and put pressure on the rib cage which may cause a great deal of discomfort or pain. The condition can be developed at any time throughout your life but is most commonly discovered at an early age. Over time, the pain can become unbearable and many individuals suffering from the condition often seek out temporarily solutions like painkillers or scoliosis back braces. Of course, this only masks the issue and is not a long-term solution. It’s important to be proactive with your scoliosis pain and seek out alternative scoliosis treatment to relieve it in a safe and responsible manner.
Find a Treatment for You
Scoliosis can affect your daily life in numerous ways and can eventually lead you down a path to chronic pain. At UGH Pain and Spine, a Houston pain clinic, we provide conservative pain management solutions and minimally invasive procedures based on your unique needs so you don’t need to depend on habit-forming prescriptions. There are few pain management clinics in Houston that are capable of offering effective scoliosis treatments for adults in a personalized and proactive manner. If you’d like to learn more about scoliosis or conservative chronic pain solutions, reach out to UGH Pain and Spine today. We provide specialized solutions and minimally invasive back surgery based on your unique needs. Stop living in pain; learn about our scoliosis procedure today!