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 screws, and finally fusing the vertebrae together.
What conditions warrant complex spinal reconstruction?
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.
Another reason for complex reconstruction would be for a patient with a tumor. The goal of surgery is to reduce pain and improve function by removing the tumor, decompressing the spinal cord, and stabilizing and reconstructing the spine. Whether benign or malignant, spinal tumors frequently must be removed to prevent spreading and irreversible damage to the spinal cord. When malignant tumors are involved, Dr. Prpa, a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and a graduate of the Mayo Medical School works collaboratively with oncology to ensure the best possible outcome for his patients.