Scoliosis Surgery Orange County & Irvine, CA
Scoliosis occurs when the spine curves toward the side in a lateral fashion, generally with a roundness in the upper back region with a moderate amount of inward curvature in the lower back.
There can be a number of causes and types of scoliosis:
- Idiopathic scoliosis this is the most common form of scoliosis. Unfortunately it doesn’t have an identifiable cause. Of course there are a multitude of theories, but none of which are conclusive.
- Neuromuscular scoliosis This form of scoliosis is the result of abnormal nerves, muscles, or a combination of the two. Unfortunately, neuromuscular scoliosis is frequently seen in patients suffering from spina bifida or cerebral palsy, as well as conditions that result in (or are accompanied by) paralysis.
- Degenerative scoliosis generally develops from traumatic bone collapse, which is usually due to injury or illness, a previous major back surgery, or osteoporosis.
- Congenital scoliosis caused by bone abnormality present at birth.
Methods of treatment include spinal deformity correction, a procedure that reduces deformity , straightening your spine, which will in turn remove pressure from your nerves and your spinal cord, protecting you from further damage.
Spinal fusion and scoliosis surgery may be necessary to reduce the abnormal curve as a preventative measure. Minimally invasive surgery might be a viable option for you. Endoscopic procedures have gained in popularity and have great results, all while leaving less scarring and quicker recovery time.
No matter your condition, you do not have to suffer from it any longer. It’s important that you choose a specialist with vast knowledge and experience. Contact Gerald Alexander MD today, a spine specialist with a near 20 year track record of helping patients with scoliosis in its various forms.