Our Spine Program is run by Awarded Spine Expert Dr. Steven Leckie.
Locations in Duxbury & Sandwich, Massachusetts
About Spinal Deformity & Scoliosis Surgery:
Spinal deformity surgery is a broad term for surgery meant to treat conditions of the spine such as scoliosis, kyphosis, flatback syndrome, and spondylolisthesis. In regards to scoliosis, which is an abnormal side-to-side curvature of the spine, surgery is sometimes offered when the curves are greater than 40-45 degrees. Deformity surgery can be approached from the front and/or the back. The spine is supplemented with screws and rods to reduce curvature of the spine.
How is it performed?
From a posterior approach, an incision is made in the back and muscles are taken off of the spine to allow the surgeon to access the bone structures of the spine. The spine is then supplemented with screws and rods to reduce the curvature that is affecting the spine. Bone from elsewhere on the patient’s body is added to the spine and incites a reaction of fusion that welds the bones together. The bones continue to fuse even after surgery. The fusion process can take 6-12 months.
From an anterior approach, an incision is made from the front or side. Discs are removed in order to loosen the spine. Cages are placed in the vertebral bodies or disc spaces. Bone from elsewhere on the patient’s body is added to the spine and incites a reaction of fusio