Less-invasive surgery aids children with scoliosis
According to a study published recently in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, children and adolescents suffering from scoliosis can get the same benefits, with fewer complications, from minimally invasive rather than open surgical correction.
“Although thoracoscopic [video-assisted] anterior instrumentation and spinal fusion is technically more challenging than open surgery and has a definite learning curve, we have shown that equal results can be obtained from this minimally invasive approach,” said Harsh Grewal, associate professor of surgery and pediatrics at the School of Medicine and Temple University Children’s Medical Center.
Both procedures provide increased spinal flexibility and a more predictable correction of the deformed spine. But the minimally invasive procedure results in less pain, smaller incisions and faster recovery.
For the study, “A Prospective Comparison of Thoracoscopic vs. Open Anterior Instrumentation and Spinal Fusion for Idiopathic Thoracic Scoliosis in Children,” Grewal collaborated with researchers from Shriners Hospital for Children and Temple University Children’s Medical Center.
- By Jennifer Kohler