A 46-year-old female asked:
having scoliosis surgery and fusion to thoracolumbar spine to pelvis and l5/s1 decompression with multilevel osteotomies. what happens in surgery ?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Douglas Linville II answered
29 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Lumbar scoliosis: Simple. Incision made in back to visualize spine to be fused. Length of incision appropriate for fusion. The facet joints are removed and the bone prepared for fusion. At l5-s1, facet and disk removed, and spacer placed into disk along with bone graft. Multiple laminectomy and facet excisions (osteotomy) to make spine more flexible. Rods/screws placed to maintain correction. Bone graft placed.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
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