For children with spinal deformities, surgical intervention can lead to life-changing improvements in pain relief, daily functioning, and cosmetic appearance. With proper screening, the majority of children do well after undergoing surgery to correct spinal deformity. However, for a small percentage of children, additional surgery may be required in order to address painful symptoms, a deformity that continues to progress or to maintain the child’s growth potential.
There are a number of factors may contribute to the need for primary surgery, including:
The nature of revision surgeries can vary, depending on the underlying problem. In order to help to guide the orthopedist’s treatment recommendations, there must be a thorough understanding of the patient’s condition prior to surgery. For this, there is no better way to do it than with an intuitive 3D pre-operative planning software, though for orthopedic surgeons and developed with surgeons, such as PeekMed®®.
Surgeries for pediatric spinal deformities present a complex set of challenges, but with diligent preoperative assessment and diagnosis and proper perioperative technique, as well as the participation of a multidisciplinary team including pediatricians, nutritionists, intensive care, and pulmonary specialists, patients can do very well.