Severe, complex congenital scoliosis cases using Shilla procedures

Over the last 6 Blog posts congenital scoliosis has been exhaustively presented and explained. Most cases of congenital scoliosis are mild and do not require surgery.  Of those that do need surgery there are several well-accepted techniques for improvement and control of the scoliosis: distraction constructs (traditional growing rods, magnetically-controlled growing rods, VEPTR), resection with […]

Surgical Treatment of Congenital Scoliosis

As previously mentioned congenital scoliosis comes in a wide range of types, locations, and complexity. This means surgeons caring for this group of patients needs to have multiple surgical treatment options to optimally care for this potentially challenging deformities, from simple hemivertebra resections to complex vertebral column resections and Shilla constructs. The below three cases […]

Surgical Treatment of Congenital Scoliosis

When is surgery necessary?                This is not a simple answer, mainly because there is a wide spectrum of deformities, from number of areas involved, type of problems, location, magnitude, progression, and age of patient, to name a few of the considerations.  Each patient is unique, so the decision of when surgery is a reasonable […]