When planning the surgery in this severe scoliosis case, it was difficult to conceptualize the relationship of the scapula and ribs in relation to the apex of the curve in the spine.
Scoliosis is a spine condition often found in adolescents. Around 3 million cases of scoliosis are diagnosed in the United States each year, with a majority of them identified as idiopathic scoliosis — a type of scoliosis that presents in children between 10 to 12 years old.
A 13 year old male presented with congenital scoliosis. Due to the complex nature of the pathology, it was difficult to assess the curvature of the spine and anatomy of the vital organs in relation to vertebral column.
Mr. O’Brien used the model to evaluate the entirety of patient pathology. The model was also used to measure and prepare equipment prior to surgery and as a patient & parent education tool.
“In addition to allowing us to create a detailed surgical plan, the model also allowed us to convey the level of the complexity to the parents and set their expectations for anticipated surgical outcome.“ – Mr Andrew O’Brien, Spinal Surgeon