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:
See this patient’s remarkable story about her success with robotic spine surgery. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.
Bonnie tried everything from nerve blocks to cortisone shots to relieve her severe scoliosis (unnatural curvature of the spine). Her spine exhibited a 38 degree curve, severe enough that she her pain was off the charts. Something needed to be done. Enter the Mazor Robotics Ranaissance® guidance system and a talented surgeon who managed to bring her curve back to 8 degrees. Bonnie is now a full inch taller and void of pain. Watch her amazing story here:
Robotics has always had a heavy involvement in accuracy and precision. Robotic spine surgery makes no deviation from these premises. With accuracy within less than 1.5mm, that’s only slightly thicker than the thickness of a human fingernail. Surgeons and patients alike can feel confident in the success of the procedure. Dr. Dennis Devito of Atlanta, Georgia had this to say about the Renaissance® system; “Having your child undergo scoliosis surgery can be scary, frightening – certainly makes a lot of parents nervous. When I see them in the pre-op area, I always show them their disk and tell them, ‘I have already done the surgery and now I just have to complete it.”
Quotation courtesy Mazor Robotics Renaissance® “Spine Surgery Software” brochure
Minimally invasive surgery is sweeping the world. Australian surgeon Dr. Jonathan Ball helped his patient return to her playful life with her four-year old grandson. She suffered from a debilitating form of scoliosis which prevented her from enjoying the simple pleasures like movement. See how Dr. Ball helped her and many other patients below.
Madison Shaffer was just like any 10-year old, but when she was diagnosed with a severe case of scoliosis; actions had to be taken to correct her spine. Scoliosis is a developmental disorder in which the spine’s natural curvature is compromised. This results in an unnatural severe curve and most often occurs during growth spurts in children, before puberty. While most scoliosis cases are mild with very few symptoms, some children will develop severe cases that can lead to pain and disability. Find out how Madison benefited from minimally invasive procedures:
Danielle Penk’s passion is pole vaulting. At a young age she was diagnosed with an increasing development of scoliosis. She was in pain as her back was growing in on itself. Correctional surgery involved the use of robotic spine surgery with the Mazor Renaissance system. After just six months of her surgery, Danielle is back on track and doing what she loves.
Scoliosis is defined as an abnormal curvature of the spinal column and most commonly affects children as it is a developmental concern among pediatricians. With this abnormal curvature comes the possibility of pain, stance, breathing problems among other complications. During corrective surgery, the surgeon requires precision for the installation of hardware like screws, wires, and rods. With the help of minimally invasive surgical procedures and the robot guidance system, surgeons can achieve more accurate installation of braces and other corrective hardware.
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.
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.
Today’s advancements in diagnosis and testing have paved the way for the ability to learn more about scoliosis, and even test for the progression of it. By a simple swab test, doctors are now able to identify low-risk patients and scoliosis curve progression. This easy test has already saved countless patients from repeat office visits and exposure to x-ray equipment. This test looks at approximately fifty DNA markers which are affiliated with the progression of scoliosis. The fewer markers that show in the test, the lower the patient’s risk of scoliosis.