Anterior Thoracoscopic Scoliosis Correction
This highly specialised surgery is usually performed on patients with a moderate sized scoliosis curve in the thoracic spine. This surgery is mostly offered to younger patients, predominantly teenagers, who have a scoliosis curve of 45 degrees or more in the thoracic spine.
The patient is placed on their side, one lung is deflated whilst under general anaesthetic and key-hole telescopic instruments allow the surgeon to enter the chest cavity and remove the discs affected by scoliosis. A single screw is placed into each vertebrae through key-hole incisions made in the side of the chest wall between the rib spaces.
Bone graft is placed in the spaces between the vertebral levels where the discs were removed and the screw heads are compressed and locked off to permit straightening of the spinal curvature. This surgery requires a hospital stay of approximately one week, followed by post-operative physiotherapy and pain relief. There is usually no need for a brace following surgery.