Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
An International Organization Dedicated to the Education, Research and Treatment of Spinal Deformity
Our Mission is to Foster Optimal Care for All Patients with Spinal Deformities
In the past, spinal fusions were the usual treatment for early onset scoliosis. It is now understood that early fusion of the thoracic spine will limit the growth of the lungs as well as the spine and can lead to severe respiratory problems. Growth friendly surgical procedures, that correct the deformity while avoiding long fusions of the spine, are being developed and refined. Today there are a number of possibilities, each with their own benefits and disadvantages. In general , the type of surgery may be divided classified as (1) Distraction-Based, (2) Guided Growth, and (3) Compression Based.