Posterior Correction of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (Principles for the Posterior Correction of Spinal Curvatures)

  • Robert A. Dunsmuir


Correction of scoliosis deformities can be performed by anterior or posterior approaches. This chapter describes the posterior approach, which is the commonest approach to the spine for this type of surgery. The decision about the need for anterior surgery or anterior surgery combined with posterior surgery is beyond the scope of this book. This chapter describes the salient features common to all posterior corrective procedures. Surgery for neuromuscular scoliosis or congenital scoliosis is not considered in this chapter.


Pedicle Screw Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Idiopathic Scoliosis Spinous Process Thoracic Curve 
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Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic SurgeryLeeds Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustLeedsUK

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