Adult Scoliosis (Degenerative or Idiopathic)
Washington University spinal neurosurgeons provide comprehensive treatment for all spinal deformities, including those affecting the sagittal balance of the spine. Our faculty includes a neurosurgeon who has completed a fellowship focused on complex spinal deformity. For the most complex cases, we also team with one of several experienced Washington University orthopedic spinal surgeons. This blend of neurosurgical and orthopedic spinal expertise allows for a comprehensive approach to the surgical treatment of spinal lesions.
Conditions & Treatments
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature that can affect the spine at any age. In adults, this condition frequently results either from progression of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), or from progressive changes of degenerative spinal disease. Beyond the disfigurement that accompanies scoliosis, this condition often leads to severe back or leg pain, postural imbalance, weakness or numbness in the legs, or other issues. Complicating matters, adults may have poor bone quality (osteoporosis or osteopenia), scarring from prior spinal surgery, or concurrent medical illnesses that make treatment more difficult. For these reasons, it is vital to seek care from a team that is equipped to handle the most complex cases in a thorough, deliberate and careful manner.
Washington University spinal neurosurgeons use the most advanced techniques, ranging from minimally invasive approaches to the most aggressive osteotomies and reconstructions. Our comprehensive approach addresses the health of the whole patient, ensuring that each individual receives the care he or she needs and is most able to benefit from the treatment plan that we offer.
Specialty LinksScoliosis Research Society