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Spinal deformity due to an abnormal alignment of the vertebral bodies in the spine can create low back pain and lower extremity pain. Deformity can occur because of scoliosis, degenerative changes, or traumatic injury. Typically, adult deformity is treated with conservative treatment modalities such as bracing, chiropractic modalities, physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, and facet injections for as long as possible. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, number of levels affected, and the type of deformity surgery may be recommended for correction of deformity. During this procedure the spinal cord and the nerves are decompressed to alleviate pressure responsible for symptoms of pain in the lower extremities. Interbody spacers are also inserted to restore disc height and correct alignment. Rods and screws are typically utilized to maintain the deformity correction while the fusion incorporates. Most patients will wear a lumbar spine brace for 3 months postoperatively and some patients may require a bone growth stimulator in order to facilitate fusion/healing.
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Ask any questions and make sure you have a thorough understanding of your procedure. Make arrangements for someone to drive you home from your procedure and help you around the house as you recover. Your doctor will talk to you about pain medications or any follow-up care, including physical therapy.