Laser Spine Institute Treatment Options for Scoliosis

The treatment options that Laser Spine Institute offers are usually intended for patients who have already attempted other, more conservative treatments without experiencing satisfactory relief from their symptoms. After non-surgical routes have been pursued for weeks or months without noticeable improvement, a patient should learn more about the minimally invasive procedures that Laser Spine Institute performs. Some of our scoliosis procedures are intended to alleviate the problems caused by the curvature of the spine, whereas others are designed to slow the curvature itself.

Laminotomy

By its very nature, scoliosis can be accompanied by vertebrae that have shifted out of place, which may be asymptomatic until the vertebrae impinge on surrounding nerves. When such impingement occurs, the constriction may be alleviated through a laminotomy – the partial removal of a thin sheet of bone from a vertebra. This procedure can provide the spinal cord or nerve root with more space, potentially stopping the pain and other symptoms related to nerve compression.

Foraminotomy

The foramina are openings in between the vertebrae through which nerve roots leave the spine and innervate the rest of the body. Scoliosis may lead to extraneous bone or soft tissue in these spaces, narrowing them and potentially impinging upon the nerves passing through the openings. A foraminotomy involves cleaning out an affected foramen, thereby relieving the pressure placed on a nerve root.

Discectomy

Scoliosis patients often experience nerve impingement caused by a bulging or herniated discs that place pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. In some circumstances, a discectomy – the partial removal of an intervertebral disc – can decompress the affected element and alleviate the related pain and other symptoms. In the most severe cases, the entire disc is removed, and the procedure is accompanied by a minimally invasive fusion surgery.

Minimally invasive stabilization

Our minimally invasive stabilization procedure is used to fuse two adjacent vertebrae together after the disc in between those vertebrae is removed. The fusion, which allows two vertebrae to grow into one segment of bone, can fill the gap left by the removed disc, and it can be used to stop the progression of the curvature of the spine in a scoliosis patient.

If you’d like to learn more about Laser Spine Institute and our scoliosis treatment options, contact us today. We can review your MRI report or CT scan and determine if our minimally invasive techniques would be appropriate for your condition.