Diagnosed at 17 years old with scoliosis, this nurse practitioner lived a full and active life for many years. By her mid-sixties, she began experiencing pain in her mid and lower back on the right side that was affecting her daily life. When she met with Dr. Anand in 2016, her scoliosis had progressed to approximately 58 degrees. There was a very prominent lateral translation of L3 on L4 to the right. Additionally, a preoperative CT scan revealed that she had a robust autofusion at L1-2 and L2-3. Knowing that the scoliosis deformity was going to progress, it was recommended that she undergo a minimally invasive surgical correction so that she could continue living the active life she desired.
In June 2016, she underwent a staged surgery to realign and stabilize her spine. During the first stage, interbody spacers were placed at L3-4, L4-5, and L5-S1 through a minimally invasive oblique lateral approach. During the second stage, four days later, she underwent a T11 to Pelvis posterior instrumentation and fusion using a minimally invasive percutaneous screw and rod system. She recovered in the hospital for five days and then was discharged home.
This patient has had a remarkable recovery and has been living a very active life ever since.
“When I saw my x-rays from my first surgery, I almost cried because I never thought my spine would ever be straight again. Dr. Anand is amazing and very thorough, and his team is awesome! I carry his cards with me every day in the event someone I meet may need his services.”