Spinal Deformity Correction Orange County & Irvine, CA
Spinal Deformity Correction is performed based on a combination of the severity of the curvature of the spine, the impact on the patient’s age, ability to function normally on a daily basis, as well as other existing medical conditions. Deformity Correction results in significant relief of pain and cosmetic or posture improvement for patients with spinal deformities, such as scoliosis and kyphosis. Additional intervention may be necessary for some cases. Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that can afflict children, adolescents and adults. Kyphosis, also known as a round back or hunchback, is a condition in which the spine in the upper back has an excessive curvature or has moved too far forward, making it difficult to stand up straight.
Spinal Deformity Correction Procedure
The goals of spinal Deformity Correction procedure are to reduce the deformity, straighten the spine, stop the progression of the deformity, prevent worsening curve angle, remove pressure on the nerves and spinal cord, and protect the nerves, spinal cord and spine from further damage. Initial Deformity Correction surgery involves fusion of vertebrae in the affected area to promote healing. Special instrumentation, such as metal rods, screws or cages, are used to fuse vertebrae. A bone graft may be used in place of the discs that have been removed to fuse vertebrae sitting next to each other.
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
Gerald Alexander, MD, your Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon in Orange County, specializes in Spinal Deformity Correction procedures. Dr. Alexander has over 17 years of experience in spine treatment and care. He completed his spine surgery fellowship at the internationally-recognized UCLA Medical Center and was trained by two of the country’s top orthopaedic spine surgeons, Edward Dawson, MD and Rick Delamarter, MD. Dr. Alexander has helped pioneer cutting-edge techniques, such as Artificial Disc Replacement, Outpatient Microsurgery, and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, as alternatives to traditional spine surgery. He has been awarded “Top Doctor” in Orange County by the Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) and Orange Coast Magazine. Using modern surgical techniques and specialized instruments, Dr. Alexander has performed hundreds of minimally invasive outpatient spine surgical procedures that traditionally would have involved lengthy hospitalization.
Are You Suffering from Neck, Back or Spine Pain?
Stop living in pain and get back to living an active life! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gerald Alexander and to find out the right spine treatment for your condition, please call (714) 937-4859 or Request Appointment here.