Spine Archive: Pediatric

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Pediatric Surgery: Things to Expect

Following spinal surgery, these are the things parents can expect. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

If you have a child who underwent a spinal fusion, chances are that he or she will complain of pain in the area of the procedure. This is normal and will decrease in the coming weeks. Medications like Advil and Motrin should be avoided as they can interfere with the healing process. Consult your doctor if your child appears to be in more pain than should be normal during the healing process.

Infections are not common, and should not happen – but are possible. Be sure to inspect your child’s back daily to ensure there are no infections. Healthy healing areas should be pink at the incision and the edges should be together.

Be sure to encourage your child to take liquids, fruits and vegetables to reduce constipation possibilities. Multivitamins with iron can help your child’s body heal itself

In the upcoming weeks after your child’s spinal fusion, monitor their activity levels. As discomfort clears, your child will probably want to get up and be active. Prevent them from doing anything too strenuous to avoid injury to the fusion area.

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Spine Health: Spring into a Healthy Spine

Some tips to stay healthy this spring with spine health. Learn more about Spine Health in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

The weather is finally looking nice and we’re all anxious to get outside and enjoy the sun. Now that we have the opportunity to go outside for a walk or a run, don’t forget to work back into a routine. You may be tempted to go out and attempt an intense workout but remember that your body needs the time to adjust properly. A short walk and stretch period may be best to get your body back into nice-weather mode. Heat therapy can help soothe muscle strain and prevent cramping as well.

Getting plenty of sleep this spring will be sure to keep you and your spine in tip-top shape. Getting proper rest is crucial to our body’s daily maintenance and recovery. If you are having trouble sleeping, try setting a routine. By only using the bedroom for sleep, you can help shake off bad habits of restless sleep.

Good posture is key to a healthy spine. Remember to sit up at your desk at work and don’t slouch on your couch. Proper posture not only looks good, but keeps your spine in good alignment. A misaligned spine can lead to a plethora of problems including pain and discomfort. If you feel you may be slouching, use a mirror to correct your posture.

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Most Prevalent Pediatric Spine Surgeries

These are the most prevalent spinal procedures for children. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Development in children, especially in the early stages can lead to complications within and around the spine. Scoliosis is one of the most common spinal deformities seen in children in which the natural curvature of the spine becomes severe. Other spinal conditions developing children can exhibit are:

Aneurysmal Bone Cyst
C1 Atlas Spine Injury
C2 Axis Spine Injury
Chondroblastoma
Chondromyxoid Fibroma
Congenital Scoliosis
Diastrophic Dysplasia
Early-onset Scoliosis
Fibrous Dysplasia
Genetic Cervical Spine Conditions
Goldenhar Syndrome
Idiopathic Scoliosis
Juvenile Ankylosing Spondylitis
Klippel-Feil Syndrome
Kniest Dysplasia
Kyphosis
Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
Larsen Syndrome
Lordosis
Lower Cervical Spine Injuries: C3-C7
Morquio Syndrome
Neuromuscular Scoliosis
Nonossifying Fibroma
Osteoblastoma
Osteoid Osteoma
Pseudoachondroplasia
Spinal Deformities
Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Congenita
Thoracic, Lumbar and Sacral Spine Injuries
Trauma-related Spine Conditions
Unicameral Bone Cyst

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Additional Findings for Pediatric Robotic Spine Surgery

Lower doses of CT radiation in robotic spine surgery for children. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Studies done on children who underwent robotic spine surgery as opposed to traditional surgery were found to have lower levels of radiation from CT machines. Low-dose scans are an option for young patients who are highly radiosensitive. Studies concluded that young patients overall exhibited a 7 percent decrease in CT radiation under low-dose regimens. Because robotic spine surgery requires much fewer CT scanning – children are safer should they be a candidate for robotic spine surgery.

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New Protocol for Pediatric Robotic Spine Surgery Lowers Radiation

New studies reveal lower doses of CT radiation with robotic spine surgery in children. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

CT scans taken pre-operatively, before surgery in order to provide additional information about the patient’s spine. This helps the surgeon’s overall planning and in this case, will help the surgeon plan for a safe procedure for the child. Because the navigation software used in most robotic spine surgical cases is so advanced, radiation doses have been significantly lowered – subjecting children to far less dosages.

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Rare Surgery Helps Children with Cerebral Palsy Walk

A minimally invasive surgical technique is helping children with cerebral palsy walk. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Children with cerebral palsy may have an opportunity to walk after this amazing surgical procedure is completed. A rare form of spinal surgery in which a surgeon creates a small incision in the patient’s back is performed. Doctors report that the procedure stops spasticity in the legs while still maintaining proper sensations.

The procedure is currently only available at a Texas Hospital but will become more readily available as it is studied and trained. Thanks to this minimally invasive surgical procedure, children with cerebral palsy may now have the chance at a more normalized lifestyle.

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Then & Now: Scoliosis and Genetic Testing

We have come a far way in scoliosis prevention and treatment. To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

In the past, all diagnosed patients who exhibited signs of unnatural spine curvature were monitored the same way. This meant that they were all treated as if they had a severe case. Severe cases required months (sometimes even years) of follow ups, checkup appointments, x-rays, and more. Today, we now have the ability to test the level of a patient’s scoliosis with a simple test. If a patient shows signs of mild curvature, they are treated accordingly and are not subjected to additional unneeded treatment plans.

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Improving The Lives of Children Using Genetic Testing

How genetic testing is improving the lives of children with scoliosis. To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

With the birth of genetic testing for scoliosis, Children between the ages of 9 and 13 diagnosed with AIS or adolescent idiopathic scoliosis with curvature of their spines less than 25 degrees have been found to be the least likely to end up debilitated from the curvature of their spine. Around seven million people in the United States have scoliosis. The majority of these patients are children between the ages of 9 and 15 years old. Mild cases of scoliosis are not debilitating and usually do not require surgery. This new technology and knowledge enables doctors to make accurate treatment plans for children before scoliosis starts to effect their lives.

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Can Scoliosis Be Painful?

Scoliotic progression can lead to painful areas in the back. To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

The short answer is: yes, scoliosis can in fact be painful. In scoliosis, the spine has improperly grown. This unnatural curving causes muscles and tendons to develop scar tissue. Additionally, adhesions and chemically-rich centers add to these back symptoms. In children, these muscles and tendons become tender around the spine from strain and begin to cause painful and uncomfortable feelings. It is actually common for children to complain of pain in their backs with the result being onset scoliosis. If you or your child is experiencing pain, diagnoses by a professional could be the answer.

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Idiopathic Scoliosis in Children

Children displaying signs of scoliosis should be diagnosed by a professional. To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Idiopathic scoliosis is characterized by a spinal deformity in which the spine unnaturally curves in directions it normally would not. With relentless progression, the end results of idiopathic scoliosis can be extremely debilitating. While there is currently no known cure, proper diagnosis and preventative measures can be implemented. In children, custom braces are molded to correct the unnatural progression of the spinal curvature. The aim with these braces are to decrease the progression of this curvature and thereby reducing the possibility of surgery.