risks of spinal surgery

One-hour webinar, ‘Straightening the Growing Spine,” describes bracing and surgery options for children with a spinal curvature caused by a neuromuscular disorder

posted on January 25, 2013 - 10:23am
A one-hour, MDA-sponsored webinar features two physicians and the parent of a child with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) who has undergone bracing and surgery for a spinal curvature, as well as questions and answers from listeners.

Timing, experience, know-how needed for successful outcome

posted on August 1, 2002 - 2:40pm
Scoliosis and other spinal curvatures are common in neuromuscular diseases and often require surgical correction. Fortunately, today's surgeries are safer and more effective than those of earlier decades. (See Scoliosis Surgery: Setting the Record Straight, January 1997.)

Staying ahead of the curve

posted on August 1, 2002 - 1:46pm
You hope it won't be necessary, but it often is: surgery to correct scoliosis, a lateral (side-to-side) curvature of the spine. Scoliosis can occur in almost any neuromuscular condition in which back muscles, which normally keep the spine straight, weaken, but it's particularly common in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

School changes, new equipment among topics for discussion

posted on August 1, 2002 - 1:08pm
It's scary to contemplate spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis — for anyone, but especially for a child with a neuromuscular disease, for whom there may be special implications.