Every year, thousands of patients worldwide undergo spinal fusions. This operation is performed for a variety of reasons, which include degenerative conditions, deformity, and trauma. The function of instrumentation with rods and screws is to act as and ‘internal cast’ to stabilize the vertebra until the fusion, or bony re-growth, can occur. Pedicle screws have been used for many decades to facilitate and ensure bone fusion.
Q. What type of deformity can be corrected with the TSRH-3D® Spinal Instrumentation?
A. TSRH-3D® Spinal Instrumentation System can be used to restore the contour the lumbar spine known as lordosis or “sway back”. This system allows for partial correction of spondylolisthesis, or a slippage of one vertebra forward on another. These 6 degrees of freedom give the surgeon the flexibility for correcting your deformity.
Q. How do the TSRH-3D® Spinal Instrumentation system components work when treating thoracolumbar deformities?
A. The TSRH-3D® Spinal Instrumentation system allows the surgeon to address the correction of a variety of degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine using a single instrumentation system. The advantages of the system include the ability to instrument the spine using multi-axial pedicle screws at each spinal level regardless of the extent of the deformity and then apply a corrective force in three dimensions and stabilize the spine for fusion.
Some of the features of the TSRH-3D® Spinal Instrumentation system include:
These features result in correction and stability of the lumbar spine. The security of fixation that is provided by the TSRH-3D® Spinal Instrumentation facilitates early mobilization of the patient while still providing the environment for fusion of the spine.
Q. How would I know if surgery is right for my specific back condition and me?
A. In today’s medical world, the patient is at the center of the decision making process. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide, with a lot of help from your doctor, whether or not spine surgery is right for you. Trying to make a decision about whether or not to have spine surgery can be an overwhelming process. How do you start to make this decision? Our recommendation is that you begin by learning as much as you can about why you need surgery, what kind of surgery you are going to have, and what this will mean to you and your family.
Having a complete understanding about the surgical process and what to expect will help to ease some of the anxiety that you will naturally have about this decision. It is best to go through a step-by-step process, beginning by educating yourself, that will guide you towards an informed, confident decision made jointly by you and your doctor about whether or not to have surgery.
It is important that you discuss the potential risks, complications, and benefits of TSRH-3D® Spinal Instrumentation System with your doctor prior to receiving treatment, and that you rely on your physician’s judgment. Only your doctor can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for this treatment.