October 03, 2021

Performing a critical tethering surgery for scoliosis, for a 9-year-old girl

A surgical team at Farah General Hospital, led by Dr. Firas Alhusban, Spine & Orthopedics Consultant; & Dr. Loay Hamdan the Head of Anesthesia department at Farah Medical Campus and accompanied by the nursing and supporting medical staff at Farah General Hospital, successfully performed a complex procedure to correct a spinal deformity for a 9-year-old Syrian girl.

The team performed a Tethering procedure for Scoliosis to correct the girl’s 90-degree spinal curvature. It is a procedure by which the vertebrae are attached with special metal implants without fixing them, taking into consideration the natural growth of children whom are still developing. It’s noteworthy to note that this procedure is considered one of the newest surgical techniques used for treatment of scoliosis.

Children below 10 years of age have a continuously growing spine. As a result, those patients need appropriate evaluation by a specialized team to ensure the ideal results. During the surgery, the doctor uses special equipment to protect the nerves and to observe the transmission of nerve signals through the spinal cord, in an effort to avoid any postoperative complications.