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Having scoliosis surgery and fusion to thoracolumbar spine to pelvis and l5/s1 decompression with multilevel osteotomies. What happens in surgery ?

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Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Douglas Linville II
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Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Talk to your surgeon

They will explain this to you.
It requires general anesthesia and one or a couple of incisions. Screws and rods are used to link the bones together and nerves are decompressed where needed. Check out humanbodyinfo.Com and look up the scoliosis surgery video. http://humanbodyinfo.com/surgery/degenerativescoliosis.html.

In brief: Talk to your surgeon

They will explain this to you.
It requires general anesthesia and one or a couple of incisions. Screws and rods are used to link the bones together and nerves are decompressed where needed. Check out humanbodyinfo.Com and look up the scoliosis surgery video. http://humanbodyinfo.com/surgery/degenerativescoliosis.html.
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