Orthopaedic Spine Center
450 Broadway St. | MC6342
Redwood City, CA 94063
For Adult Patients: (650) 725-5905

Patient Case Study #3: Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

History

11 year-old girl who was diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis by her pediatrician. Despite an attempt at bracing, the patient had progression of her curve from 40 to 60 degrees over the span of one year.

Examination

Neurologically normal and well-balanced spine exam.

Images

Two before treatment x-rays show a view from the side and back of the patient.  Two post-operative x-rays show the  surgery performed by Dr. Cheng at 1 year.

Above: X-rays show a view from the side and back of the patient before surgery.


Diagnosis

Progressive adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

Selected Treatment

Patient underwent surgery on her back with placement of screws and rods, and correction of her deformity over the span of 5 hours.

Above: X-rays show a view from the side and back of the patient after surgery.

Outcome

Patient is now 1 year after surgery by Dr. Cheng.  She has no pain and has gained over 2 inches in height immediately after surgery.  She is in school, participating in PE without restrictions.