Spine Archive: Spinal Deformity

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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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India: A New Frontier for Spine Surgery Procedures

The country sees spine surgery as an important dynamic to health. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Spine surgery, most notably endoscopic spine surgery has become popular recently within the country of India. The dynamic healthcare system in India has become increasingly expensive. Neck and back pain have been on the rise as the country’s lifestyle changes have seen increases in sedentary and stressful living. Spine surgery within India is cost effective which makes it a preferred means of care. Additionally, spine surgery in the country takes relatively less time in recovery.

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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.

New Spine Care Guidelines Involving Medications

The epidemic of pain medication has led to changes in spine care guidelines. Learn more about spine care in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Low back pain has been growing in numbers over the years as people become older, exhibit diet challenges, or develop spinal disorders. With this pain has come the rise of prescription opioid painkiller abuse. Officials at the NIH (National Institute of Health) and CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) have changed guidelines effecting the use of pain medication. The new guidelines emphasize the importance of non-drug treatments like spinal manipulation via chiropractic or physical therapy care. The new guidelines also state that anti-inflammatory medications should be secondary to non-drug treatment. Overall, these updated guidelines strongly discourage the use of opioids for chronic back conditions, targeting the growing number of low back pain cases.

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WATCH: Severe Scoliosis Patient Benefits from Robotic Spine Surgery

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:

Video courtesy Mazor Robotics via YouTube.

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Asymmetrical Pedicles

Pedicles provide symmetry to the spine necessary for a healthy body. Learn more about Pedicles in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

A pedicle is a stub of bone connecting the lamina (thin section of a vertebra to the main body piece. In each vertebra there are two pedicles, one on either side when viewing the spinal column from above. Together, the pedicles provide support and protection to the spinal cord. When these pedicles are asymmetrical, support of the spine is compromised and negative spinal developments can arise.

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Minimally Invasive Surgery & Peace of Mind

Minimally invasive surgery promises comfort. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Today, stress and anxiety are very real and present dangers in the hectic world we live in. New technologies are often lost in translation from busy schedules. Patients who are in need of surgical means today now have the ability to utilize technology to unending lengths. Good doctors will always be looking out for the best possible treatment plan for their patients. With minimally invasive robotic spine surgery, patients can now have peace of mind and comfort knowing that their doctor will be aided by precise robotic technology working in tandem with the many years of human experience in the operating room.

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Robotic Spine Surgery: Scoliosis

Through robotic spine surgery, surgeons can correct abnormal spinal curvature. To learn more search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

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.

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Conservative Treatments For The Spine

Non-invasive treatments are possible for patients with spine problems. To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Treatment for back problems that do not involve medication or surgery are typically referred to as “non-invasive” and are therefore also classified as “conservative”. For most people, back pain will subside in a couple weeks. Chiropractic manipulations, while not truly non-invasive, can be a great way to minimize, prevent, and treat back pain. By reducing pain, patients can properly condition their back with strength exercises. Once all conservative options have been explored, a patient may become a candidate for surgery to alleviate the trouble area.

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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.