Personalized treatments for people with back pain and spine disorders
Published: Nov. 15, 2010
Updated: Nov. 17, 2010
Complex spinal reconstruction surgeries may be necessary for patients who have a deformity or misalignment affecting a major portion of their spine.
These treatment procedures consist of correcting the abnormal curvature, stabilizing the newly shaped spine with rods and pins, and finally fusing the vertebrae together.
Scoliosis and kyphosis are common conditions that may require a complex spinal reconstruction due to the involvement of a great portion of the spine. Additional conditions such as sagittal imbalance may also require this type of surgery.
You will be in the hospital for a period of four to six days in most cases. The length of the hospital stay will depend greatly on the number of levels fused and how well you are healing.
You will work with physical and occupational therapy while in the hospital. They will assist with daily living activities and evaluate your progress. A period of inpatient rehabilitation may be recommended following your surgery.
Since this is a complex surgery, you will need a greater recovery time than other spinal surgeries. About six weeks after surgery, the patient should start to see a difference in their quality of life and performing their activities of daily living.
Some patients may need to continue with physical therapy until they have regained proper strength in the supporting muscles of the back and spine. Some exercises may be approved after about six months of healing time.