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MGM Healthcare conducts spine deformity surgery

The condition, known as kyphoscoliosis is an excessive abnormal sideways and backward curvature of the spine that is most commonly seen in adolescents

MGM Healthcare experts have completed a spine deformity correction surgery on a patient who was suffering from high-grade rigid idiopathic kyphoscoliosis an abnormal curvature of the spine.

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The condition, known as kyphoscoliosis is an excessive abnormal sideways and backward curvature of the spine that is most commonly seen in adolescents. Severe scoliosis can be disabling, hence early detection of these deformities is important.

The abnormal curve in the spine of the patient started when he was ten years old, it kept growing and became very pronounced in the last three years, making it very difficult for him to carry on with his day-to-day activities. The patient was unable to even lie down flat due to the hunchback. Hailing from a financially weak background, the boy who weighed just 24 kilograms, had to deal with more psychological issues along with his severe spinal deformity. 

Considering all the practical and medical difficulties he was undergoing Dr Vijayaraghavan, Senior Consultant, Institute of Neuro Sciences & Spinal Disorders, MGM Healthcare and spine deformity Specialist and the team wanted to operate on him as soon as possible as this progressive deformity could compress his lung in the long run.  

Speaking about the surgery, Dr Vijayaraghavan said, “The patient needed two surgical procedures on two consecutive days under the same anaesthesia. On the first day of the procedure the spine was approached anteriorly (from the front) we opened the chest to loosen up the curve by doing discectomies, this procedure lasted for eight hours. On the second day, the spine was approached posteriorly and the spine corrective surgery using rods and screws was performed for ten hours.”

Dr Vijayaraghavan added, that, “Risks involved in these surgeries are paralysis, respiratory complications, prolonged ICU care, etc. A multi-disciplinary approach to this procedure eliminates these risks. A team of doctors, including a spine deformity surgeon, neuro anaesthetist, neuro physician, paediatric neurologist, pulmonologist, and spine rehabilitation specialist together completed this challenging procedure without any hassle.

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