Saturday, April 7, 2012

Risk of Blood Loss in Childhood Spine Surgery

After a study by Johns Hopkins Children's Center was completed and the results were shown, the risk of blood loss in spinal surgery for children is believed to be directly linked to the underlying condition. Children with Cerebral Palsy had the highest rate of blood loss during surgery while Adolescent Scoliosis patients the least. This is great news for the medical community, patients, and families since the medical staff can now use this information to prepare better for surgery. One element that was not discussed in this article was the risk to infants or young children ages 10 or less. From our discussions with the doctor, the risk for bleeding is higher in younger children. However, I will have to find more support for this claim. Please read the entire article here.

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  1. Scoliosis surgery is an invasive procedure and recovery time can be long. Medical advances have been made, but it still might not be the best option for some scoliosis patients.

  2. You are absolutely right, however, there are some that require the surgery if the curve is big enough. There are plenty of alternatives. These include physical therapy and other mobility exercises. Do you have specific alternatives you specialize in? Thanks!

  3. This is something which many people wouldn't be aware about. Thank you for sharing this post. I would like to suggest also to check laser surgery for spinal stenosis in Houston, which could be of great help for better treatment.