WHAT HARDWARE IS USED FOR SPINAL FUSION?
Until the last few decades, patients undergoing Scoliosis surgery endured intensive surgery, treatment and casting, as well as months of slow recuperation. Since that time, spinal surgery pioneers such as Paul Harrington, Yves Paul Cotrel and Jean Dubousset have made great strides in improving the techniques and instruments used in surgery and post-operative care for patients with Scoliosis. There are different techniques and methods used today for Scoliosis surgery. The most frequently performed surgery for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis involves posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation and bone grafting. This kind of surgery is performed through the patient’s back while the patient lies on his or her stomach. Two common instrumentation techniques are called Cotrel-Dubousset instrumentation (rod rotation technique) and Colorado instrumentation (translation technique). During these types of surgery, the surgeon attaches a metal rod to each side of the patient’s spine by using hook