A spine deformity can develop in childhood or in adulthood and can gradually worsen as a person ages. Spine deformities can cause significant pain and limited range of motion, and they can have a major effect on the ability to enjoy life to the fullest.At Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, our neurosurgeons have a proven track record in surgical procedures – often with minimally invasive techniques – to correct spine deformities and stabilize the spine.Led by Dr. Stefan Kim, our neurosurgeons, orthopedic specialists, pain management specialists and others work together to provide integrated, coordinated care. They deliver this care with a personalized, compassionate approach that is at the center of Lahey’s philosophy and values.
Conditions that cause a deformity of the spine in adults include scoliosis (curving of the spine), an injury from an accident, arthritis, osteoporosis and others. A condition such as scoliosis can begin in childhood, but in some cases it develops later in life, often after age 40.Many people have minor symptoms from a spinal deformity and learn to live with it. But when pain is significant, or if the spine continues to curve considerably, surgery can make all the difference. Even people of advanced age can find tremendous relief with spine surgery.
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center has been nationally recognized as a Blue Cross Blue Shield Center of Distinction and an Optum Center of Excellence for spinal surgery. We invite you to visit our Spine Center to learn more about our services, including our individualized care plans for spine deformities.
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Lahey is the first hospital in the Boston area with a Spine Registry to track and publicly share our outcomes after spine surgery. Our reoperation and infection rates are significantly lower than national rates. At the same time, our patients report a better quality of life and less disability compared to national averages.Learn more about our Spinal Fusion Registry and outcomes.
For more information about the Department of Neurosurgery at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, or to make an appointment, please call 781.744.7580.