Spine Deformity Surgery
Salt Lake City

Straighten & Heal Your Spine

Deformity surgery is a procedure that straightens or heals a deformed spinal column. Spinal deformities may occur due to various underlying factors, such as scoliosis, kyphosis, fractures, and other degenerative problems. As such, your deformity surgery must also be customized to address your unique spinal problems and deformity.

Dr. Brian McHugh is a board-certified neurological surgeon specializing in the latest cutting-edge minimally invasive surgical procedures and spine deformity surgery on Long Island. He administers a wide range of diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of your spinal deformity and then curates the ideal treatment plan to help you recover optimal mobility and flexibility. He eschews cookie-cutter surgical templates to personalize a treatment plan for your individual needs and concerns.

patients running after their spine deformity surgery on long island

Causes of Spinal Deformity

Spinal deformities may occur for several reasons, including vertebral damage, trauma, degenerative diseases, osteoporosis, etc. Some people are born with spinal deformities, and others develop them in adulthood due to underlying degenerative problems. In some cases, an “idiopathic” spinal deformity may have no discernible root cause.

The following are the three most prominent causes of spinal deformities — kyphosis, scoliosis, fractures.

  • Kyphosis: Kyphosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine leading to a hunched or “bowed” back. Kyphosis can lead to general exhaustion, back pains, stiffness in the spine, and difficulty breathing.
  • Scoliosis: Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine leading to an “S” or “C” shaped side-to-side misalignment. People with scoliosis generally have a protruding shoulder blade or rib cage, uneven hips, legs, and shoulders, and frequent backaches.
  • Fractures: Spinal deformities can also happen due to fractures, injuries, or trauma to the thoracic (upper back) spine, usually due to automobile accidents, sporting injuries, and falls.

About Spinal Deformity Surgery

Dr. McHugh diagnoses the root cause of your spinal deformities to curate the ideal treatment plan for your individual needs. His primary goal is to treat all spider deformities with non-surgical or non-invasive methods, like medications and physical therapy. He only recommends surgical procedures if non-invasive options fail or if you’re suffering from severe spinal curvature.

The surgeon may also consider the patient’s age while curating a treatment plan. Pediatric patients generally experience rapid curve progression because their bodies aren’t done growing, but adult patients have fully-formed bodies, so they’re less likely to experience curve progression. Spinal deformity surgery is necessary if your severe curvature interferes with the surrounding organs or causes severe pain.

The following are the primary goals of our spine deformity surgery on Long Island:

  • Reducing pain.
  • Restoring optimal posture.
  • Taking pressure off the surrounding organs.
  • Preventing deformity progression.

Most spinal deformity surgeries have two components: correcting the deformity and restoring the spine. Correcting the deformity may take several forms, depending on the root cause of your deformity. The surgeon may have to remove the problematic component, such as a compromised or damaged intervertebral disc.

Restoring the spine usually involves special implants and bone grafts. The surgeon may use screws, rods, cages, or plates to re-stabilize the spine, holding it in a new position. Following the implant fixation, the surgeon may fuse bone grafting material into the compromised vertebrae to encourage bone growth.

The implant fixation provides short-term stability while the bone grafting fusion ensures long-term stability.

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“Getting an appointment was quick and easy. The ladies I spoke with were all very professional, friendly, and helpful, whether it was a phone call or in-person visits. Being able to complete paperwork online before going to the office was convenient as well. Dr. McHugh was very professional and gave a clear and honest opinion and plan moving forward.”

Recovering from a Deformity Surgery

No two deformity surgeries are alike. No two patients are alike. As such, the recovery process for all surgeries is also unique. However, Dr. McHugh specializes in minimally-invasive surgical procedures that allow you to resume walking, with some assistance, a day after the surgery. Dr. McHugh will also provide a detailed postoperative recovery plan, complete with medications and physical therapy recommendations. You’ll need physical therapy to gradually restore mobility and flexibility. Schedule a consultation today to see if spine deformity surgery on Long Island is the correct option for you.

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