Minimally Invasive Approach
What Is The Minimally Invasive Approach For Scoliosis?
The minimally invasive endoscopic approach to scoliosis correction was designed to help surgeons accomplish all of the goals of a traditional “open” anterior procedure with reduced trauma to muscles. Endoscopic anterior scoliosis spine surgery is performed through tiny incisions or “portals” that allow the surgeon to insert miniaturized instrumentation into the vertebral bodies and perform spinal fusion surgery. This procedure is called minimally invasive because the surgeon uses several small incisions instead of one longer incision. The advantages include improved visualization of anatomy and greater flexibility for placing instrumentation in the spine.
Why is it done?
Endoscopic scoliosis surgery is not for everyone. Some forms of scoliosis respond more favorably to endoscopic correction, especially curves in the thoracic spine. Lumbar and thoracolumbar curves are better suited to a more traditional open technique. It is important that you discuss the potential risks, complications, and benefits of endoscopic surgery with your doctor prior to treatment. Only your spine specialist can determine whether this treatment is suitable for your condition.
Our scoliosis patients come to us from Vernon, South Windsor, Manchester, Hartford, Bloomfield, Ellington and nearby areas.