Spinal Deformity Surgery

If you or your child suffers from a spinal deformity, the orthopedic spine surgeons at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute will work with your family to correct the problem with braces and other non-surgical approaches. If these conservative treatments do not improve the deformity, surgery may be your best option. We use a variety of new, less invasive techniques to correct spinal deformity. In addition, the doctors at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute will work with other specialists involved in your care, so your treatment is multidisciplinary and comprehensive.

What is spinal deformity surgery?

Spinal deformities, such as adolescent scoliosis, may require surgical intervention when conservative options, like physical therapy or bracing, do not improve the condition. Most commonly, corrective spine surgery is used when you suffer from a deformity that continues to worsen over time or leads to further medical complications.

Why is spinal deformity surgery performed?

At MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, we use spinal deformity surgery to treat the following spinal conditions:

What does spinal deformity surgery involve?

In most cases, we try to avoid treating scoliosis and other spinal deformities with surgery. But if surgery becomes necessary, we take time to fully explain your options. Together, we weigh all of the options and help you come to a decision that is right for you.

When surgery is recommended, it can be used to straighten the spine and/or release the pressure on spinal nerves. This often requires uniting the vertebrae using special implants to keep the spine together. Techniques we use to do this include:

  • Posterior approach – Gain access to the spine from the back of the body
  • Anterior approach – Gain access to the spine from the front of the body
  • Lateral approach – Gain access to the spine from the side of the body
  • Combination approach – Gain access to the spine from both the front and back of the body

What does spinal deformity surgery recovery involve?

Recovery from spinal deformity surgery typically requires physical therapy, including daily walking. You will likely need to restrict the amount that you bend, lift, and twist for the first few months following your surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon will go over all of the details of your recovery with you, so you know exactly what to expect after your surgery. During recovery, our team at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute will work closely with you, your family, and any other specialists needed to help ensure a successful outcome.

What are the benefits of undergoing spinal deformity surgery?

Our goal is for you to experience the following benefits after having spinal deformity surgery:

  • Corrected deformity
  • Low chance of deformity returning
  • Back pain relief
  • Restored range of motion
  • Ability to return to physical activities

 

If you believe you may need spinal deformity surgery, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience treating a wide range of neck and back conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive spine care in the Washington, D.C. area.

Our Specialists

Neck & Spine


MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean
Fred Fei Mo, MD
Spine Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Mitchellville
MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Sam W. Wiesel, MD
Spine Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Locations

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766
106 Irving Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20010
Phone: 202-877-6000
13950 Brandywine Road, 2nd Floor Brandywine, MD, 20613
Phone: 301-856-1682
5454 Wisconsin Avenue, 11th Floor Chevy Chase, MD, 20815
Phone: 301-215-9423
6355 Walker Lane, Suite 501 Alexandria, VA, 22310
Phone: 703-971-3701
9455 Lorton Market Street, Suite 200 Lorton, VA, 22079
Phone: 703-971-3701
6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 200 Mc Lean, VA, 22101
Phone: 202-444-8766
11325 Pembrooke Square, Suite 115 Waldorf, MD, 20603
Phone: 301-856-1682