Scoliosis Correction with 3 Intelligence Technologies Robotic Spinal Surgery l Intraoperative Neuromonitoring l O-ARM Navigation

Scoliosis Correction with 3 Intelligence Technologies Robotic Spinal Surgery l Intraoperative Neuromonitoring l O-ARM Navigation

(Last Updated On: December 24, 2018)

Scoliosis Correction

Scoliosis Correction with 3 Intelligence Technologies Robotic Spinal Surgery l Intraoperative Neuromonitoring l O-ARM Navigation

Spine”, the central structure of human body, is responsible for whole body weight and supports it by straightening up the body’s posture. Normally, when you look at a spine from the back, you’ll see a straight line of the spine but when you look at a patient’s back with scoliosis, you may notice a sideways curvature of the spine.

            Scoliosis has major impact to personality and also causes chronic back pain. Therefore, patient with severe scoliosis may suffer from balancing problem, lose muscle strength and; may cause lung and heart dysfunction.

Causes of Scoliosis

There is no study confirming the true cause of scoliosis but the majority of occurrences are found to be related to heredity and other causes such as:

  • Neuromuscular conditions, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy
  • Congenital deformity affecting the development of the bones of the spine
  • Spine injuries or infections

Risk Factors of Scoliosis

  • Age: signs and symptoms are mostly presented during growth spurts to puberty
  • Sex: the possibility of developing scoliosis is equal in boys and girls, but 90% of cases are found in girls
  • Family History: scoliosis can run in families

Complications of Scoliosis

Damage to the lung and heart: patient with severe scoliosis may have heart and lung problem caused by compression against the rib cage. As a result, they will have difficulty in breathing and exhaustion.

Damage to the back: patients who had scoliosis in childhood may have chronic back pain problem compared to others.

Damage to physical appearance: noticeable uneven shoulders, hips or prominent ribs.

Self-Suspected Scoliosis

  • Chronic back pain
  • Notices a tilt of the body
  • Uneven shoulders and hips
  • Prominence of one side of the rib or chest

Treating Scoliosis

Bracing is a stiff metal that fits around the torso, stops the curve from getting worse or corrects the changes.  This type of treatment is effective with adolescent patients who have less than 25-30 degree curvature as their bones are in growth and development period.

Spinal Fusion Surgery is considered in patients with more than 45 degree curvature or those who are having other abnormalities in their spinal cord and nerves.

3 Intelligence Technologies Transform Lives

Nowadays, medical intelligence and innovation greatly assists spinal fusion surgery. One of the operations which is worrisome in the eyes of patient has improved with much greater degree of accuracy which assures patient’s safety. Particularly, Vejthani Hospital, a first private hospital in Thailand has adopted Robotic Spinal Surgery to accommodate the operation.

The robotic assisted technology is developed to provide a guidance system and increases the degree of precision which is  certainly approved by FDA, USA along with the veteran spine specialists from all over the world.

Thus, every spine fusion surgery requires screws placement which can be challenging for a human hand to control the correct precision because minor mistake may cause major complications as such paralysis and disability. Through this technology, the rate of correct screw placement increases to 99.7%, the collaboration between well-experienced surgeon and robotic assisted surgery significantly increase accuracy; and reduces possible error and complications to occur that can cause a great damage to spinal cord and nerve.

During the intense operation, surgeon is able to track the patient’s spinal nerve system in real time with Intraoperative Neuromonitoring, a useful tool to provide information about physiological changes during surgery in specific areas of the nervous system, to increase patient safety and positive outcome.

Moreover, highly advanced O-ARM Navigation technology is adapted to confirm the correction of screw placement in all dimensions, to prevent damage to nearby organs and to ensure maximum safety of patients.

Real Cases: Treating Scoliosis by These 3 Advanced Technologies

Refer to scoliosis patient who decided to receive spinal fusion using Robotic Spinal Surgery, Intraoperative Neuromonitoring and O-ARM Navigation who were diagnosed with high degree of curvature 66 degree. The operation resulted to patient satisfaction, no surgical complication.

Patients were able to walk and rehabilitate their balancing within 3 days and they could return to their normal life in 1 week after the operation.

However, if your notice that something about your child’s posture looks unusual such as one shoulder is higher than the other, one hip is higher than the other, and an uneven waistline. You are strongly suggested to bring him or her to receive the proper diagnosis and planning for further necessary treatment to control the scoliosis symptoms from getting worse.

Scoliosis Correction with 3 Intelligence Technologies Robotic Spinal Surgery l Intraoperative Neuromonitoring l O-ARM Navigation

Scoliosis Correction
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