Adult Spinal Deformity. What can be done?

Updated: Nov 10


Adult spinal deformity affects a wide range of patients from all ages, from older teenagers through to the elderly. A spinal deformity refers to the abnormal curvature of the spine or a deviation in the alignment of the spinal column of more than 10 degrees.


Spinal deformities include conditions such as:

Scoliosis

Kyphosis

Spondylolisthesis

Flatback


If left untreated, spinal deformities can cause chronic pain for patients and impaired functioning that can greatly impact a person’s quality of life.


When patients come to Spine Solutions, our consultant will take great care to develop a relationship with every patient which will be built on trust, personalised attention and a commitment to doing what is absolutely best for the patient.


This relationship will entail educating the patient and their family on how their spinal deformity is affecting the quality of their life, what their treatment options are and what can be done to improve their function and mobility. Together, you will engage in a shared decision-making process to create customised treatment plan that will address all of your needs.


Treating adult spinal deformities is extremely complex and requires specialised knowledge from highly skilled spine surgeon. Spine Solutions offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art resources and our consultant is highly experienced in minimally invasive surgical techniques and non-surgical spine intervention therapies.


What are the non-surgical treatments?

Bracing

Cortisone injections

Physical therapy

Medication and pain management techniques.

If non-surgical treatment is not effective, surgery may be recommended.


What surgical treatment is there?

If surgery is necessary, we can offer minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible and of course, if appropriate. Minimally invasive surgical techniques result in shorter hospital stays, fewer complications, smaller incisions, reduced blood loss and less pain overall.


Minimally invasive techniques for adult spinal deformities include:

Anterior lumbar inter-body fusion (ALIF): approaching the spine from the front of the body

Direct lateral inter-body fusion (DLIF): approaching the spine from the side of the body

Oblique lateral inter-body fusion (OLIF): approaching the spine from the flank (the area between the hip and the rib)


These surgical techniques can spare the disruption of muscles, ligaments and bones through the use of endoscopic technologies. Disc material is removed from in between lumbar vertebrae, creating a space. Then, a bone graft or implant is inserted into the space, supported by rods and screws to correct the deformity.


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