Treating Scoliosis with Anterior Scoliosis Correction in New Jersey
Many cases of scoliosis can be treated with non-invasive techniques. But treating scoliosis with anterior scoliosis correction is the methodology in play when the thoracolumbar (directly beneath the thoracic; lower mid-back) vertebrae are implicated.
Also known as VBT (vertebral body tethering), this approach to scoliosis correction answers the need for curvature mitigation and takes advantage of future growth to aid further improvement. For that reason, the anterior method is most commonly used to treat growing adolescents, 10 years of age or over. Curvatures of between 30 and 70 percent can be effectively addressed using this technique.
Also effective for those who have reached full growth potential, but wish to avoid traditional fusion, anterior scoliosis correction has been successfully deployed for many years.
This response offers access to the vertebrae through the front of the spine, having a less traumatic effect on adjacent musculature.
The surgeon enters through the side of the chest or abdomen, rather than the front, as suggested by the name of the treatment. Surgeons are also offered the opportunity to provide patients with greater mobility through this approach.
VBT – how it works.
Considered a better response to scoliosis than traditional fusion, treating scoliosis with anterior scoliosis correction serves to modulate bone growth. When scoliosis is present, the curvature provoked by the condition places undue stress on the implicated bone.
When stress on the vertebrae is provoked, interior bone mass grows more slowly than exterior bone mass. Over time, this causes a deformity in the bone tissue, which in turn causes dysfunction.
By addressing the secondary physical reaction to the curvature, the uneven load borne as the result of the different rates of bone growth can be corrected.
Titanium pedicle screws are positioned on affected vertebrae (those instigating the curvature). A flexible surgical cord is then attached to them. The cord is tightened, effectively straightening the curvature.
Improvement of the spinal curve is immediately evident following this procedure and continues over time.
Dr. Baron Lonner – pioneer and leader.
Dr. Lonner is a leader in the treatment of both pediatric and adult scoliosis. He’s also a pioneer in treating scoliosis with anterior scoliosis correction in New Jersey.
A professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Lonner’s work in the field of orthopedics is widely-renowned. Constantly seeking more effective ways to treat scoliosis patients, Dr. Lonner’s current work revolves around fusionless surgeries which preserve motion and growth. His work heralds a new age in VBT.
Consistently voted a Top Doctor, Dr. Lonner is sought out by patients from around the world.
Scoliosis & Spine Associates.
As our name suggests, Scoliosis & Spine is a specialized facility, with a focus on the treatment of scoliosis and all conditions of the spine. Dr. Lonner and his team are committed to continual research and education, supporting patients with the most advanced treatments possible.
Treating scoliosis with anterior scoliosis correction in New Jersey is one of Dr. Lonner’s areas of expertise. If you or your child is struggling with scoliosis, please contact us.