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Pediatric Spinal Surgeries
Spinal conditions such as scoliosis (curving of the spine), kyphosis (increasing roundback of the spine), spondylolysis (stress fracture of the spine), and spondylolisthesis (movement of one part of the spine on another part) may affect children during their early or late childhood years.
Why choose Manipal Hospitals
While a majority of spinal disorders do not require bracing or surgery, regular checkups are needed to ensure that the condition does not worsen. Our neurosurgeons may use a combination of bracing and spinal casting to prevent your child from needing spinal surgery.
Solutions in paediatric surgeries
There are several surgical options such as Spinal fusion for scoliosis where the abnormal curved vertebrae are fused together so that they heal into a single, solid bone. This will stop growth completely in the abnormal segment of the spine and prevent the curve from getting worse; Hemivertebra removal where a single hemivertebra can be surgically removed. This procedure will only fuse two to three vertebrae together; Growing rod where the rods can be lengthened with minor surgery that is repeated every 6 to 8 months. The goal of a growing rod is to allow continued growth while correcting the curve. One or two rods are attached to the spine above and below the curve. Every 6 to 8 months, the child returns to our hospital and the rod is lengthened to keep up with the child's growth. When the child is full grown, the rod(s) are replaced and a spinal fusion is performed; Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR) is used for the management of severe scoliosis in young patients. These techniques allow for continued growth of the spine in younger children to allow normal development and function.
Number of cases
We have successfully performed this highly skilled surgery in more than 5 lakh children from all over the world.