UVA Surgeon Develops Online Database On Scoliosis Surgery
A surgeon at the University of Virginia has developed an international database for physicians to help treat young patients with scoliosis. Charles Fishburne has more in this Science Matters report.
Scoliosis affects about six million people in this country and generally begins between the ages of 10 and 15.
Arlet: Scoliosis is curvature of the spine.
Most will not require treatment. But some 30 thousand children will get a brace and another 38 thousand face surgery that was difficult.
Arlet: The pain of the surgery and then they had to keep a brace or cast for an extended period of time, often six months or a year.
Dr. Vincent Arlet at UVA’s Spine Center says new techniques make it radically better.
Arlet: A patient would come typically to the hospital and usually is discharged on the third or fourth day; doesn't have to wear any cast or anything and can resume school a month afterwards and most physical activity between three and six months.
Dr. Arlet has developed an online database for doctors called Scolisoft that allows them to fine-tune their surgical procedures with those that have worked best in similar cases. He says it's also a teaching tool for young doctors.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News
Anchor Tag: Dr. Arlet says the best time to check for problems is during a child’s annual physical checkup with their family physician.