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Specialists in Surgical Spine Care

Scoliosis-Adult Scoliosis

Case #1: 47 Year Old with Severe Scoliosis

This is a 47 year old female that has been told for over ten years that she could not be helped. She was told that she just had arthritis and had to “live with it.”

She had undergone years of physical therapy and anti‐inflammatory medications, including occasional injections without long term relief. In addition to her constant pain, she walked with a limp and had numbness down both legs.

Clearly this patient has severe scoliosis with a significant amount of rotation.
After a thorough workup and evaluation, she ultimately underwent a successful adult scoliosis surgery.

She did remarkably well and returned to work as an administrator about 4 weeks after surgery.
She walks tall and is very happy with her outcome.


Case #2: 56 Year Old Suffering with Spinal Issues for Nearly 20 Years

M.G. is a 56 year old female that has been suffering with spinal issues for nearly 20 years. She had some smaller surgeries that failed to address her primary problem of severe scoliosis and spinal cord compression. She had a difficult time walking upright and had multiple falls daily.

Over the past two decades she has been in a brace, had multiple injections, undergone physical therapy and had a shoe lift placed as well. Radiographs demonstrated an aggressive severe adult scoliosis.

She required two days of surgery but ultimately had an excellent result with relative normalization of her spine. Her shoe lift was removed and she is able to stand erect, something that she has been unable to do for nearly twenty years.


Case #3: Active 19 Year Old with Lower Back Pain

This is a nineteen year old female that has never been treated for scoliosis. She had a long standing history of lower back pain but was quite active and attributed this pain to her high level of activities. She was finally evaluated and was worked up and was diagnosed with a thoraco-lumbar to lumbar scoliosis. On forward bending, she had a minimal rib hump which may have contributed to her delay in diagnosis.

Today she is doing very well with excellent balance of her spine. She has resumed her normal activities and her pain level is around a 1 to 2.

Scoliosis-Adult Scoliosis Pre-Op   Scoliosis-Adult Scoliosis

Her lumbar curve was nearly 50° and her thoraco-lumbar curve was 35°. Her lumbar curve was quite stiff with significant rotation.

She was beyond what bracing could do to help so she elected to undergo a two stage surgery.
She had the anterior portion of the surgery performed first and the posterior surgery three days later.

Scoliosis-Adult Scoliosis Post-Op

Today she is doing very well with excellent balance of her spine.
She has resumed her normal activities and her pain level is around a 1 to 2.


Case #4: 50 Year Old with Severe Back Pain and Shooting Pain

This is a 50 year old female with adult scoliosis. She has complaints of severe back pain and shooting pain down both legs. She was hospitalized three times over the past 3 months due to the severity of her pain. She tried bracing, physical therapy and even injections without much relief.

She is now walking with just a cane about 6 weeks after surgery.

Her X‐rays revealed significant degeneration with a double major stiff curve. She decided to finally undergo surgical reconstruction.

She had both an anterior and posterior staged reconstruction surgery on two separate days.

As can be seen, she got excellent correction and is doing well. She is now walking with just a cane about 6 weeks after surgery.