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Are The Rods Used For Scoliosis Surgery More Flexible Than The Harrington Rod
Yes and no: The newer techniques include both anterior and posterior approaches combined to allow something called segmental fixation while placing screws in individual vertebrae and attaching them to a rod. It's not more flexible than harrington rods, it allows more attachment points and multiple more places to correct the curvature and relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
With kyphoscoliosis curve will rods always work, or is there an angle beyond which you can't use rods anymore?
Usually: Use of rods to correct khyphoscoliosis is not a new procedure. It has been available for several decades. It's success has been proven in multiple studies. We do not seek to always fully correct the curve. We seek to balance the spine with scoliotic surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various metals: Modern spinal plates such as those used in the cervical spine are usually made out of titanium which still allow the patient. In fact most spinal plants are made of titanium though in scoliosis some surgeons still prefer stainless rods. Some are even made of cobalt chrome. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
What kind of attachments are used in knee replacement? How are knee implants attached in knee replacement? Are screws used, or rods, or something different?
Is treatment different for c-shaped scoliosis vs. S-shaped? What is the difference, if any, in treatment for c-shaped and s-shaped scoliosis?
Varies: It is a bit of a generalization, but usually when you talk about a c shaped curve, you are talking about a single curve. An s shaped curve usually refers to a double curve in which one curve is often compensating for the other. Treatment is more based upon the size of the curve and the skeletal age of the patient than whether it is c or s shaped. Thank you for the question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hardware: Can go either way. Depends on if the hardware is bothersome after you heal the fracture. Plates and screws are used to hold the bones in place til the fracture heals. Once healed, the hardware is useless... Consult your doc if you feel you want the hardware removed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Any advice on aging with nonremovable steel spinal rods (short fusion long rod technique) that are already 25 yrs old?
Yes: Colonoscopy is the standard method for detecting lesions of the bowel before symptoms develop. Today, forward viewing endoscopes with a 150-170 degree field of view are most common; however, the Fuse technology expands this field of view to 330 degree. A clinical study found that the standard forward-viewing colonoscopes missed 41% of the pre-cancerous lesions and polyps while Fuse missed 7% ...Read more
Great option: I recommend patients try a series of 1-3 lumbar or cervical epidural steroid injections for back or neck pain from disc degeneration. This change in your disc is normal after age 16 but can become very painful. Aggravating activities include bending, twisting, overhead lifting, sguats with weights, running and jumping. The injections should make your pain symptoms progressively better for 6 mos. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Present nuclear bone scan: more uptake than previously at L3L4,L5S1.Also the prev. titanium screws for a fusion done for L4L5 displaced. What to do?
Go. Back to surgeon: You need to go back to the surgeon whom I shall assume ordered the test. You need to talk to him about your options ...Read more
Are there any new treatments on the horizon that will be less invasive than full facelift with shorter recovery. Need jowels lifted. 58 yrs. Old.
Not as effective: There are many emerging minimally invasive treatments that achieve skin tightening but they simply are not as effective or permanent as full face lifting. For example, whereas a facelift may achieve an 80-90% improvement, these other techniques may accomplish a 20% tightening effect. However shorter scar face lifts can achieve excellent control of the jowl region. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Is the structural integrity of the cornea in any way compromised post-lasik when the patient years later requires cataract surgery?
Is it unusual for the pain to be at a 6-7 one week after a comminuted fracture of femur in an adult male. A rod, screws and wires were used for.
Not unusual.: The femur is the longest and strongest bone we have. A comminuted fracture means this bone was broken into three or more pieces and needed to be repaired with rod, screws etc. To hold the pieces together. This is considered a major break, and a lot of force is required to break the bone this way. It takes months to recover; pain 6-7 weeks out would be typical. ...Read more
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