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08-07-2011, 02:28 PM
What exactly is osteotomy related to scoliosis surgery and is this involved with most scoliosis surgeries or does it just depend on the surgeon? Sorry to be so ignorant, but I am new to the forum and obviously have ALOT to learn.

08-07-2011, 04:14 PM
You are not ignorant. It takes some timeto get informed when everything is so new to you. Be sure to read David Wolpert's book, Scoliosis Surgery, the Definitive Patient's Reference. When I decided to have surgery, Dr. Lenke's office gave me a "Spinal Fusion Teaching Booklet". It answered a lot of my questions. It included a glossary section. The definition in it for Osteotomy is: "the surgical removal of a wedge or piece of vertebral bone to alter the alignment of the spine." I think the osteotomies help the surgeon get a better correction when the spine is fairly rigid.

08-07-2011, 06:35 PM
Osteotomies are wedges that are removed to fix a problem. Here's a link that can visually show you (I hope this is ok to put a link!) but to me, pictures are so helpful in an explanation! Just scroll down a little bit and you can see what the osteotomy is. I had two osteotomies in my scoli surgery... :)


BTW-- I wasn't hunched like this lady or anything... so I think they need to do osteotomies for reasons other than what they are showing in this link.