Alternatives: When Should You Consider Spine Surgery?
Conservative treatment for scoliosis should always be your first line of defense. However, sometimes spinal imbalances can progress quickly or become unmanageable with alternative treatments. When the curve is too great for correction or associated symptoms are becoming severe, it may be time for a referral to a NeuroSurgeon that specializes in scoliosis or spinal surgery correction.
With severe cases, spine surgery is a viable option that can restore function to the spine, and improve posture. Considerations for deciding if surgery is right for you will include how you responded to other treatment options, degree and stability of the curve, age, symptoms you’re experiencing, and your overall health.
There are different spine surgical options for specific scoliosis cases. Your doctor can discuss and determine the best approach once he or she can perform a thorough exam and imaging. The most common and preferred option is a partial or complete spinal fusion surgery using screws and rods.