Jun 22, 2022
Successful treatment of juvenile idiopathic scoliosis, a rare but serious disorder in children
12-year-old, Deepanshi from Mewat (Haryana) had a rare but severe spinal deformity in which her back was continuously bending from the normal spinal curve since she was 7 years old. Thanks to Dr. Ashish Tomar, Senior Consultant, Orthopaedics & Spine Surgery and his team for successfully restoring the spine with Advanced Spine Deformity Correction Surgery.
5 years back, Deepanshi’s parents first identified the problem when they noticed her back was bending and taking the shape of an abnormal curve. With her age, the spinal curve grew and progressed faster in these last 2 years.
“She was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis, which is rare but can become life-threatening with lack of treatment. A normal spinal curve in a human is 0 degrees but beyond 60 degrees a spinal curve is progressive for life and she had a spinal curve of 120 degrees. For smaller curves bracing is an option but for curves more than 60 degrees, surgery is required. The curve has progressed by 40 degrees in the last 1 year. She was already suffering from restrictive pulmonary disease and any delay in treatment would have been life-threatening.
The spine curve was massive hence; direct correction had a high risk of developing paralysis. Hence, the patient was admitted and kept in spinal traction for 7 days which helps in loosening soft tissues around the spine and reduces the curve. With traction her curve was corrected to 80 degrees following which surgery was performed.” said Dr. Ashish Tomar.
The surgery resulted in 75% of deformity correction and the patient was able to walk from the next day of the surgery. The doctors were able to reduce the curve below 60 degrees to 46 degrees. Hence, they cured the patient completely.
Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Chairman, Sarvodaya Hospital, while congratulating Dr. Ashish Tomar, for the successful treatment, said "At Sarvodaya Hospital, we are committed to innovating better treatment methods and bringing the expertise of leading physicians to benefit all sections of the society. We are in the continuous process to upgrade our techniques and technologies to provide the best possible treatment to our patients.”