Deformity Correction Spinal Surgery Specialist

Dr. S. Samuel Bederman -  - Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Dr. S. Samuel Bederman

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon & Back, Spine, & Neck Specialist located in Orange, CA

Deformities of the spine like scoliosis and kyphosis affect your posture, the spine’s function, and your comfort. At RESTORE Orthopedics and Spine Center in Orange, California, orthopedic spine surgeon S. Samuel Bederman, MD, specializes in correcting scoliosis and kyphosis in adults and children. Call the office or book an appointment online if you’ve been told you need deformity correction spinal surgery.

Deformity Correction Spinal Surgery Q & A

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is an S-shaped curve of the spine. These curves can cause the shoulders, hips, and waist to look uneven and can lead to rotation of the spine, causing one shoulder blade or one side of your lower back muscles to be more prominent than the other.

Surgery could be necessary for scoliosis patients with severe spinal curves. These curves can cause extreme discomfort and other health problems. Surgery is usually the preferred treatment if scoliosis progresses rapidly.

What are the signs of scoliosis?

Scoliosis is diagnosed by a spine expert like Dr. Bederman, but you might suspect you have it if you notice:

  • Curvature of the spine
  • Shoulder blade or waistline asymmetry
  • Uneven shoulders
  • Rib prominence in the upper back
  • Flank or waist prominence in the lower back

If you notice these symptoms in yourself or your child or teen, call RESTORE Orthopedics and Spine Center for evaluation.

How is scoliosis treated?

Dr. Bederman uses nonsurgical treatments for scoliosis whenever possible. For childhood scoliosis, these treatments include:

  • Routine monitoring and X-rays
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing and other garments that keep the curve from getting worse

If these noninvasive methods fail, surgery would be the next step. Robotic surgery is a safe and accurate way to correct scoliosis. Dr. Bederman is an expert in this field and provides you with the best possible outcome.

What is kyphosis?

Kyphosis describes an abnormal, excessive outward curve of the spine. The upper back appears rounded — as in a hunchback. The condition can show up at any age, but it’s common in teenagers.

Kyphosis doesn’t always require treatment. Often physical therapy or a back brace is enough to improve your posture and strengthen your spine. But severe cases of kyphosis can lead to spinal deformity and breathing problems.

What are the signs of kyphosis?

Kyphosis varies in severity. You could notice the following in cases of kyphosis:

  • Rounded shoulders
  • Mild back pain
  • A visible hump on the back
  • Fatigue
  • Spinal stiffness

In severe cases, kyphosis can cause weakness and/or numbness in the legs, loss of sensation, and shortness of breath.

How is kyphosis treated?

Physical therapy and bracing help resolve most mild to moderate cases of kyphosis.

Kyphosis is usually treated using spinal fusion surgery. Spinal fusion surgery can be used in extreme cases with the goal of:

  • Reducing the degree of the curve
  • Preventing progression of kyphosis
  • Easing or eliminating back pain

Dr. Bederman is an expert spinal surgeon who can evaluate your case of kyphosis and offer the treatment plan he believes is best for your particular diagnosis.

Call RESTORE Orthopedics and Spine Center or schedule a consultation using this website to find out more about correcting spinal deformities with surgery.