Christian's parents were determined to find another solution and began a nationwide search. That's when they discovered New York surgical group, the Institute for Spine and Scoliosis. Flexible Scoliosis Surgery Brings New Hope To Teen.
Flexible Scoliosis Surgery Brings New Hope To Teen.
Then the family learned from doctors that the typical surgery would mean more than a setback.
“They said very nonchalantly, ‘if it gets a little bit worse, then we’ll just put rods in his back,” Kyle said.
Rods that would restrict his flexibility and bring a swift end to any aspirations for a future with baseball.
“Honestly, I just kind of felt sorry for my son,” Kyle said. “But then I was reminded of God’s grace and mercy.”
Christian’s parents were determined to find another solution and began a nationwide search. That’s when they discovered New York surgical group, the Institute for Spine and Scoliosis.
The surgeons designed a new procedure that cuts out the need for mobility-limiting rods. “They put some screws into the vertebrae and they put a flexible cord in there, and when they pull it tight, it straightens up the spine,” Kyle explained.Christian is preparing for his surgery scheduled for September 18 with a new hope for his future.
“My parents always taught me that if things knock you down, just get up,” Christian said. “So I’ve never let anything keep me down.”
Who Should Consider Anterior Scoliosis Correction?
Our candidates for muscle sparing, less invasive scoliosis surgery correction have a variety of scoliosis types. Most have idiopathic scoliosis (adolescent, juvenile, or some forms of adult), or idiopathic “like” (i.e., post-syrinx decompression). But we have also treated patients whose scoliosis is associated with a syndrome, a neuromuscular condition or is congenital. Each case is individually evaluated and carefully considered. Most are at least 10 years of age, with or without remaining spine growth; have a thoracic, thoracolumbar or lumbar curve(s) of 30 to 80 degrees (some higher at the time of actual surgery).
What are the Advantages of Anterior Scoliosis Correction?
Typically surgery that is less invasive will carry less risk for the patient for several reasons. This is the case using of Dr. Antonacci's Anterior Scoliosis Correction. The spine can continue to move and bend, so the patient may experience less discomfort and more freedom of movement. We achieve this by using a muscle-sparing approach so unlike traditional invasive back surgery, no back muscles are cut, and there is minimal disruption and much faster healing. Additionally, blood loss is very low using these less invasive techniques. Recovery, therefore, averages about 4 weeks, with a return to unrestricted activity at 6 weeks in most cases.
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