Minimally invasive surgery is a good option for many patients. For others, a big problem can require a big operation.
Patients with severe and disabling adult degenerative scoliosis may require a major corrective surgery. The surgery involves removing key portions of the spine to free up the nerves (decompression), making the spine mobile (osteotomies), placing screws (fixation), and using the rod to pull the screws into alignment (reduction). Bone is placed for long term fusion.
These surgeries challenge even the very best surgical teams, but can be very rewarding.