Doctors performed complex technique for passage of pedicle screws and for scoliosis corrections as it is a permanent solution compared to techniques in which hooks and rods are used.
Spine specialists at Fortis Hospitals Mulund have performed a complicated scoliosis correction surgery on a 13 year old girl from Kuwait. The team led by Dr. Vikas Gupte, Consultant Spine Surgeon Fortis Hospitals has done a complicated corrective surgery to straighten the 67 degree curvature. Anicia Castelino, a tall well built young girl has been quite active in sports and cultural activities since her childhood.
Two years ago her parents noticed an increasing lateral curvature of her backbone which gradually got more pronounced during the past six months. “We were so worried and confused after seeing a sudden and substantial curvature with Anicia’s backbone. She had also started limping due to the problem. After an x-ray at a local hospital in Kuwait, we came to learn that her backbone was growing uncontrollably. Surgery being complicated, we were not able to find any local hospital at Kuwait to treat our daughter’s case.” said Alphonous Castelino, Anicia’s father.
Anicia’s school mate, who suffered from a similar problem and underwent surgery at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai suggested taking Anicia to India and getting an opinion from the specialists. Seeing Anicia’s friends progress after sugery and the drastic improvements she had Anicia’s family decided to came down to Mumbai to consult Dr. Vikas Gupte. A thorough examination by Dr Gupte and his team confirmed a case of Scoliosis. Scoliosis is a condition that can affect the spines of many children, teenagers and adults.
“On examination, her Spine showed a kypho-scoliotic (right) sided curve, with a prominent hump. Medically it is termed as Adolescent onset idiopathic scoliosis. The Curve was not balanced and shoulder was not aligned with her waist. Curve of the backbone being 67 degrees, we decided to operate on her and posterior corrective surgery was planned. We used techniques for passage of pedicle screws and for scoliosis corrections as it is a permanent solution compared to techniques in which hooks and rods are used.” said Dr Vikas Gupte.
She underwent a successful surgery on July 1, 2010 which lasted for 4 hours. Within seven days of surgery Anicia was able to walk properly. “Doctor has asked me to exercise regularly for at least three months. I am very keen to start my dancing lessons as early as possible. All thanks to Dr. Vikas Gupte and the whole team of Fortis Hospital who helped me walk tall again.” says Anicia Castelino.
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