Surgery for Deformity of the Back

The healthy back is curved.  Humans need the spinal curves to help the body maintain proper balance.

  • The neck (cervical) and low back (lumbar) areas have a forward curve (lordotic).
  • The chest (thoracic) and hip (sacral) areas have a backward curve (kyphotic).

The bones of the back can grow or move to create an abnormal curve (deformity).  Symptoms can include an unusual posture, a prominent curve to the spine and in severe cases, loss of mobility and pain.   Abnormal curves include:

  • Kyphosis - an exaggerated, rounding of the back.
  • Scoliosis - a sideways curve to the spine.
  • Lordosis or hyperlordosis - an excessive forward curving of the lower spine.

Deformities commonly have more than one abnormal curve and can be found in children, adolescents and adults.

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Healthy Spine (back-to-front view)
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Spine with Scoliosis (back-to-front view)
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Vitality® Spinal Fixation System

Deciding on the best treatment for a back deformity will depend on the symptoms, such as the amount of pain and limits to movement or other body functions.  If surgery is recommended to correct an abnormal curve, pedicle screws and rods may be used to push/pull or move the bones into a healthier alignment. 

Results are not necessarily typical, indicative, or representative of all recipient patients.  Results will vary due to health, weight, activity and other variables.  Not all patients are candidates for every product or procedure.  Only a medical professional can determine the treatment appropriate for your specific condition.   Appropriate post-operative activities will vary from patient to patient.  Talk to your surgeon about whether surgery is right for you and the risks of the procedure, including the risks of infection, implant wear, loosening, breakage, or failure.  For additional information or to find a surgeon near you visit www.zimmerbiomet.com
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