New Insights in Scoliosis Surgery

November 8, 2013

Correction of abnormal curvature of the spinal column has held a fascination to the public and treating practitioners since Hellenic times. Surgical intervention in the very young — patients who have not yet achieved culmination of their skeletal growth potential – can be particularly troublesome for these individuals due to the significant restriction of their trunk growth. There are a number of important developments underway in scoliosis surgery. In the opening lecture Dr. Robert Campbell compares a number of devices, which allow for correction of spinal alignment without producing a fusion. This technique holds strong interest for young patients with high-grade spinal deformities. The difficulty of measuring results of scoliosis surgery beyond radiographs has posed a perplexing problem for scoliosis surgeons from the beginning. Dr. Chapman reviews these difficulties together with an adult patient of his who has gone through major spinal reconstruction surgery. Dr. Krengel follows this with a discussion of published results favoring timely intervention in an adolescent population and Dr. Chris Howe concludes this program with a presentation of his research on complications in spinal deformity surgery from the University of Washington.
Theodore Wagner, M.D., clinical professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Allan Treuer Endowed Chair in Spine Surgery
Robert Campbell, M.D., professor and attending physician, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PN
Jens R. Chapman, M.D., professor and acting chairman, HansJoerg Wyss Chair; joint professor, Neurological Surgery; chief, Spine Service, University of Washington School of Medicine
Walter F. Krengel III, M.D., clinical associate professor; chief, Spine Program, Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington
Christopher Howe, M.D., staff physician, Valley Orthopaedic Associates, Renton, Washington