Coming Up in Patient News
Recently you read about the two major SRS meetings held each year. Listed below are some of the topics presented and discussed at the meetings that will be covered in more detail in the coming weeks:
- Patient Outcomes – long term follow-up of surgical and non-surgical treatment – how you are doing in the long term regarding mental health, self-image, pain, satisfaction and function.
- Infantile, Adolescent, and Adult Scoliosis: Just because it’s called scoliosis doesn’t mean it’s the same! Why do people develop scoliosis at different ages?
- Best levels to fuse to prevent future problems – type and size of your primary curve, whether your other curves are structural or compensatory, how far the largest part of your curve (apex) is deviated from the middle of your body, how your vertebrae are tilted are among the many factors taken into account.
- How does your unfused spine fare in the years after a spinal fusion?
- Shorter hospital stays are better – get up and get out earlier than in the past!!
- Relationship of your spine to your pelvis and legs – how the position of one affects the other.
- Best treatment for pars fractures (spondylolysis), when to use a CT scan.
- Spondylolisthesis – why is there a high reoperation rate? What are risk factors/predictors?
- Reducing blood loss in surgery – best drug/best dosing regimen.
- Patients with severe spinal deformities and neurologic deficits before surgery – what is the outcome?
- Untreated scoliosis and kyphosis – what happens to your spine over the years.
- Early onset scoliosis treatment – casting, bracing, new surgical methods including magnetic rods.
- Postoperative infections – how to prevent, how to treat.
- MRI – why is it sometimes used and sometimes not?
- New methods for improving old treatments and techniques.
- Intraspinal abnormalities – what needs to be treated prior to scoliosis surgery?
- New treatments that may help prevent complications.
- Multi-center studies – evaluating similar treatments around the world.