Excessive Kyphosis

Scheuermann’s Disease, Kyphoscoliosis,  Angular Kyphosis

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Kyphosis is a natural forward curvature that occurs in the thoracic and sacral regions of the spine. In some diseases, however, kyphosis can become exaggerated, leading to a “hunchback” type of disfigurement, pain, postural malalignment, or even neurologic or respiratory difficulties. 

Washington University spinal neurosurgeons offer comprehensive treatment for all spinal deformities, including diseases leading to kyphotic deformity of the spine. One of our neurosurgeons who treats kyphosis has completed a fellowship focused on complex spinal deformity. For the most complex cases, a multidisciplinary team – which also includes experienced Washington University orthopedic spinal surgeons –   develops the treatment approach for patients.

Kyphosis treatments

Kyphosis typically is a gradual, “sweeping” curvature, as with Scheuermann’s kyphosis, or a more focal, angular lesion as found with a variety of deformities. It is crucial to seek the expertise of a surgeon well-versed in the management of kyphotic diseases of the spine because there is a substantial risk of injury to the spinal cord  during any surgical corrective techniques. 

Washington University spinal neurosurgeons use the most advanced techniques, ranging from minimally invasive approaches to the most aggressive osteotomies and reconstructions, in order to tailor an appropriate treatment to the patient’s individual case. We employ a comprehensive approach to the health of the whole patient, ensuring that each individual receives the care he or she needs.