Overview

NewYork-Presbyterian

Och Spine Hospital

Comprehensive Surgical and Non-Surgical Spine Care at New York’s #1 Hospital

Scoliosis & Spinal Deformities

NewYork-Presbyterian Och Spine is internationally recognized for our specialized care of children and adults with spinal deformities. Our doctors have advanced training in complex spinal deformity surgery, especially reconstructive surgery, and often perform more complicated procedures than surgeons at other hospitals.

10 facts parents need to know

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Severe Scoliosis (Before and After)

Spinal Deformities We Treat

Our spine experts are leaders in the field and treat a range of spinal deformities, including:

  • Scoliosis, including adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, adult idiopathic scoliosis, congenital scoliosis, degenerative lumbar scoliosis, and early-onset scoliosis
  • Kyphosis (hunched back)
  • Flatback syndrome
  • Sagittal imbalance
  • Major spinal malalignments
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Cervical spinal (neck) deformity
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Spina bifida
  • Basilar invagination

Our Approach to Spinal Deformities

Our surgeon-in-chief pioneered the classification system used worldwide for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, and the use of "thoracic pedicle screws" and other surgical devices used to correct spinal deformities. Our care of people with spinal deformities includes:

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Severe Kyphosis (Before and After)

  • 3D CT imaging to plan the precise placement of screws and other techniques needed to align the spine. For scoliosis, we use a radiation-free system to generate 3D information about your spine while you walk. These advanced imaging approaches enable us to better understand your spinal anatomy and customize your treatment.
  • Prehab therapy. To optimize surgical outcomes and speed recovery, we offer physical therapy before surgery. Your sessions may include strengthening, stretching, balance, and cardiopulmonary conditioning.
  • Surgical innovation. Our team includes international leaders and innovators for some of the most highly advanced surgical procedures—vertebral column resection (VCR) and pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO)—which we use to treat the most challenging spinal deformities. During these complex surgeries, areas of the spine are separated or removed, the spine is realigned into its correct position, and special instruments are used to permanently fix the spine in place.
  • Physical therapy after surgery. Following surgery, our specially trained physical therapists offer physical therapy twice a day until you leave the hospital.

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