Adolescent Kyphosis / Scheuermann's / Roundback

Scheuermann's kyphosis is a developmental type of kyphosis occurring while the body is still growing. Normal vertebrae are rectangular shaped and stacked on top of one another like building blocks with a soft cushion disc between each one. When Scheuermann's kyphosis occurs, the front of the vertebrae wedge forward and closer together in a triangular shape. This causes the spine or curve to move forward and closer together in a triangular shape and the spine to curve forward more than normal.

Scheuermann's kyphosis develops in adolescents while their bones are still growing. It happens to about 0.1% percent of people in this age group and occurs as often in boys as girls.

This kyphosis, or roundback, can lead in larger curves to difficult spinal deformities and pain. Initial treatments, depending on the age of the patient, residual growth, and size of curve, can include physical therapy, bracing, or injections. In larger or progressive curves resistant to conservative treatment, surgery is an option. This can be done minimally invasively via a dual VATS/percuateous approach, or a single approach Ponte procedure.

In adults in whom Scheuermann's kyphosis is untreated, it can be a cause of progressive roundback, pain, and overall spinal imbalance.

Ponte Procedure

The Ponte procedure is a less invasive, single approach to Scheuermann's Kyphosis or Severe Scoliosis, in which small osteotomies are made in the spinal segments in conjuction with reliable segmental fixation such as pedicle screws. This allows the treatment of complex or severe spinal deformities from single posterior approach.image 1 of Ponte procedure, a less invasive, single approach to Scheuermann's Kyphosis or Severe Scoliosis, Dr. Geck specializes in scoliosis and complex spine surgery in Central Texas including Austin, Houston and Waco, New Mexico, Louisiana, minimally invasive scoliosis surgery texas, minimally invasive scoliosis surgery Austin, back pain treatment Austin, Scoliosis second opinion Austin, Flatback syndrome Austin, Scoliosis second opinion Texas, Flatback syndrome Texas, mini scoliosis surgery Texas, back pain Austin, neck pain Austin, spine surgery Austin, spine care Austin, spine surgeon Austin, scoliosis surgery waco, scoliosis treatment in texas, Scoliosis treatment in Louisiana, scoliosis doctor Austin, pediatric scoliosis surgeon texas, who is the best surgeon for scoliosis correction Texas, specialist in scoliosis Texas, scoliosis and spine surgery waco, degenerative scoliosis treatment in texas, scoliosis doctor austin texas, pediatric scoliosis surgeon in texas

Pre operatively, the spine has a severe kyphosis/roundback (1A and 1B). First little cuts (Ponte Osteotomies) are made at each spinal level that has kyphosis (2A and 2B). After screws are added (3), the rods are placed (4) and the kyphosis corrected (5).

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