Scoliosis | Scoliosis Surgery | Nucleus Health

The spine is made up of bones called vertebrae,
which are stacked on top of each other. The vertebrae protect a bundle of nerve fibers
called the spinal cord. It runs through an opening in the center of
each vertebra. The main sections of the spine are the cervical,
thoracic, and lumbar regions. Looking at it from the side, the spine normally
has three curves: A “C” in the cervical spine, a reverse “C” in the thoracic spine,
and another “C” in the lumbar spine. Viewed from behind, the spine should appear
to be completely straight up and down. Scoliosis is a condition where the spine has
an abnormal side to side curve. Most cases of scoliosis have no known cause. In some cases, scoliosis may be present at
birth. In other cases, it may occur over time—the
most common cause in adults is asymmetric degeneration of the discs, causing the spine
to be tilted to one side or the other. Other causes may include cerebral palsy, paralysis,
muscular dystrophy, osteoporosis, or spinal fractures. During childhood, the spinal curve usually
becomes worse during periods of rapid growth. If the curve becomes severe, it can cause
problems with posture, walking, and back pain. It can also cause the internal organs to become
cramped for space, causing heart, breathing, and digestion problems. Scoliosis is often treated with a brace to
stop the curve from getting worse. Doctors will measure the spinal curve over
time to see if the brace is working. For an adolescent, a surgical procedure may
be necessary if the brace isn’t working, or if a brace is not an option. For an adult with scoliosis, a surgical procedure
may be necessary if they are experiencing numbness or weakness in their legs, or if
they are having progressively worse back pain that does not improve with nonsurgical treatments. The most common surgical procedure to repair
scoliosis is called posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation and bone grafting. To begin, the surgeon will make an opening
over the area of the curve in the spine. The surfaces of the vertebrae will be roughened
to help stimulate the bones to heal together. The surgeon will place screws, hooks, or wires
into the vertebrae. Rods will be placed alongside the vertebrae
and attached to the screws, hooks, or wires in order to straighten the spine. The surgeon may remove small pieces of bone
from the ribs or hip bone to use as grafts. Other times, the surgeon may choose to use
donor bone from a bone bank for grafting. The surgeon will place the bone grafts along
the spine to allow the bone to grow together and keep the spine stable. At the end of the procedure, the skin incision
will be closed with stitches.

100 comments

  1. I wanna be a body builder and have scoliosis and idk if I should get surgery and also my pec is very deformed.

  2. Ths video is very focused on surgery. There are non-operative treatments for scoliosis missing from this video such as custom bracing (leading edge is Rigo-Cheneau) and Schroth physical therapy that has helped many patients-young and old avoid or delay back surgery. Please consider re-working. For more information, visit www.nationalscoliosiscenter.com.

  3. 10 years post op! 61 degrees down to 21 degrees. has not stopped me from doing anything i want to do; rock climbing, kayaking, dance. a lot of things people think they wont be able to do. its a life change for sure but its not a life sentence!

  4. the brace often doesn't straighten the spine instead it pushes the spine together making the curvature worse and needing surgery, but usually that happens with someone with 3 curves. brace isn't really helpful

  5. This is what I have And I went to TMC The doctor said I will have the back brace when I'm 15 years old I'm only 12 years old

  6. O have this and I have a 40° curve. It isn't really visible and I have it for 6 years with no pain and it didn't get worse at all.

  7. I was diagnosed with scoliosis about 2 months ago and i have hemivertebeae too. My curve was 40 degrees and my hemivertebrae was in L2,3,4. Doctor suggested me with an operation. Why do i dont wear a brace before?

  8. What's the difference in vbt and fusion… ik vbt allows more flexibility but how does that work? In place of metal rods what is placed?

  9. 2 years post op and feeling great life is back to normal and I at the time I had to take a leave with the fire department and now I’ve been back finished academy and doing what I love for anyone who is about to go through it it’s worth it. You will have a normal life, and the first 2-3 months will be the most uncomfortable of your life but you have to be strong and power through it

  10. My doctor tells me "you'll learn to live with it."

    I can't even walk from my house to my mail box without experiencing imence pain.

  11. There is a new surgery called VBT it corrects your scoliosis and still maintains flexibility! Seriously if you are looking into scoliosis surgery you need to look into VBT. It is not FDA approved but it is such an amazing surgery!

  12. It is unbelievable to me that they say they don’t know the results to scoliosis. So basic on many of the courses at somebody took a fall in the muscle spasm and there never released and when you’re a child with my phone I holding down the bone as it’s growing. If somebody is going with for sex that will create scoliosis so simple and such basic reasons unbelievable that I have no consideration for this I’ve been looking at it in the Internet and it’s very sad to take medical facilities not Looking at the simple basics. Falling off the bicycle snowboarding accident falling out of a tree just regular plain. It really is sad

  13. I noticed I had scoliosis at the age of 16 it was such a bad curve to were I had to wear a very uncomfortable back brace for almost 24/7. The brace didn't help at all because 3 years later I went to the hospital and had an X-ray with the brace on and the doctor noticed that my spine looked worse when I had it on and I noticed I had to have surgery and two months before my surgery I went to a chiropractor who gave me health vitamins and my surgery was very successful and everything went fine. If I knew that surgery was to go as well as it did I would of had it done as soon I noticed I had scoliosis it was a lot better than wearing that very uncomfortable brace for almost 24/7. To anybody who is reading this and is about have the surgery it's not that bad as it seems and have it done.

  14. There’s been a study linking scoliosis with manganese deficiency. I also have pigeon toed feet deformity and am wondering if it’s all linked. In addition, I sometimes walk like I’m 70 but I’m only 32.

  15. I need this surgery who can help me to getting their address because of humanity please this my contact 0091 8087681350

  16. My spine corrected its self. I went from a 2!! To a 24!! In a year😭 than I wore a brace for 2 or 3 weeks and couldnt wear it cause it was uncomfortable, my spine corrected its self and went to a 14. I don't need a brace anymore and HOPEFULLY It keeps correcting its self, and doesnt get worse.

  17. Had this surgery my 7th grade year when I was 12 Im now 2. When I was in surgery they couldn't get my spine straight & the left side of my body shut down twice during the surgery & every year I get older the worse the pain gets my back has time were it hurt for 3+ months constantly and I dont have feeling in my breast nor upper back and along my spine. Worst decision ever! & keeping my weight down being active doesn't help neither does medication it only makes pain worse

  18. I’m 12 and I might need to
    Go through this surgery…
    And I’ve got alll the problems…
    Including shoulder and rip pain
    I don’t think the brace is working bc it’s just getting
    More and more uncomfortable and more back pain.
    My mom is scared to put me through the surgery bc
    I could get paralized….

  19. Watching this makes my back hurts… A tiny bit and I have scoliosis, but I'll wait until it continues. Not the video, but my beliefs in thinking that lizard poops are cute.

  20. Had surgery almost 14 years now I was wondering if I can go see a chiropractor. I mean I have discomfort its not excruciating but discomforting nonetheless. I feel this urge that my back wants to pop but I can never get it to go. I need some advice plz

  21. My scoliosis was caused by a chiari malformation, which I recently had surgery to fix. I’m going in for my second surgery tomorrow to fix the actual scoliosis curve. I’m 15 if y’all wondered

  22. This make me feel worried about my spine now. MUST.. SIT.. UP.. STRAIGHT!
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    HHHHhHHHhhHhhh crap It hurts

  23. surgery starts at 2:50! (Also, I had this surgery 6 years ago, and I’m doin great! I can’t bend or twist my back very far and I can’t lift very heavy things, but I don’t feel bad! Anyone who’s getting spinal fusion- You’ll get through this!)

  24. I have small amounts. It causes no pain, but it does affect my horse riding abilities (Pressure differences of the seat bones). Mostly, mine is due to extremely tight muscles.

  25. i have scoliosis and im 11 i gotta wear a brace it’s stupid and i hate going to the doctor cause i don’t like to hear like bad news and i haven’t been wearing my brace that much so yea and i don’t want surgery cause schools finna starts and i ain’t finna try bending down crap on the first day of middle school and p.e. is probably gonna start getting crappy if my spine doesn’t decrease or i get surgery i swear someone here has to have some tips😒😤😼wish me luck it doesn’t get worse💀

  26. My ex girlfriend has a scoliosis and it is getting worst i hope she can see this video in order to make her decide if she wants to take a surgery for her illness..😥😥😥

  27. When the vertebrae were being stacked up, I had a awkward idea.

    That's how doctors play Jenga guys.

  28. I have 2 curves. One is at 71 degrees between my T2 and T8, and the other is 29 degrees between my T8 and my L3. It doesn't really hurt me much, except getting up in the mornings. Other than that, I can do just about anything I want. Had it all of my life. I was diagnosed when I was 18 years old with a 51 degree curve and a 19 degree curve. It has progressed significantly in the last 15 years. I am possibly looking at having surgery, but I was told it was a 50% chance to be successful, but a 50% chance to paralyze me as well. Not too sure that I want to take that risk or not.

  29. My name is too ,i beat baals ass like nothing. I have a scale and im gonna use it. Thanks for nothing
    )3)

  30. I’ve had 43 degree thoracic and 37 degree lumbar curves since I was 15. I am 28 now and I will only get spinal fusion if I will literally die of an organ puncture, nothing else. It is too unnatural, restricting and difficult to recover from. I’ve heard so many stories. I focus on increasing muscle strength in my back and I swear to anyone else who has it this is the best thing you can do. I used to be 217 pounds, I was pretty fat, and my lower back was killing me all the time. I am now 179 pounds (6’0”) and my back only hurts now when I’m really tired or sitting in place for a long time, not just for no reason. I’ve had scoliosis since I was 13 and I’ve adapted my life around it every day. I had a brace from age 15 to 16. I take no medication for it and won’t. If anyone feels discouraged, I’m telling you, live your life. Don’t focus on it. Do back exercises, modify other exercises and eat healthy. It will help a lot :]

  31. Hey quick question and I don’t mean to sound disrespectful to anyone but I’m just ignorant. So my question is do the rods stay in for life or do they operate again and remove the rods once the spine is straighten?

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