Burns no Bridges
The goal of every surgery is to improve the health and quality of life of the patient, and it is always hoped that a child’s scoliosis will be fully corrected after surgery. Traditional fusion surgery is a highly-invasive scoliosis surgery which substantially limits the mobility of the child’s spine and has a long recovery time. It is not always the best surgical option to treat childhood scoliosis, because it cannot be redone if the surgery is ineffective.
Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT), or fusionless surgery, is sometimes a good alternative to fusion surgery. This is because VBT realigns the child’s spine and stops the spinal curvature from progressing, while still enabling spinal growth and flexibility. If the scoliosis does not completely go away after VBT surgery, additional treatment may be required. Thankfully, choosing fusionless surgery first means that other treatment options like fusion surgery are still possibilities if the VBT surgery is ineffective.