Treatment > Surgery
This last resort treatment is applicable to 1 out of 23 scoliotic patients. It is recommended when the scoliosis is:
Rapidly worsening
A truck deformity is present

Type of Surgery Performed
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A spinal fusion surgery is commonly performed. Metal rods are fixed to the spine and a vertebral fusion is carried out to permanently fix the spine in a vertical position. This surgical procedure is done under general anaesthesia.

The region of the spine that has been fused becomes rigid. Normally this will not have any major consequences to the patient’s daily life, in a short or mid-term period although, inevitably, there will be some restriction of movement.
Purpose of Surgery
To reduce spinal deformity
To stop the progression of scoliosis
To avoid severe consequences on respiratory and cardiac functions which could evolve in the future