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Scoliosis



There is exciting new hope for patients with scoliosis, or curvature of the spine.

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic are reporting a new technique called anterior fusion to correct curvature of the spine.

Because of new high tech instruments, the surgical team can approach the spine from the front, instead of the back.

In that way, the fusions to straighten the vertabrae don't have to be so long and healing is much quicker.

A decade ago, most scoliosis patients spent six months in a body cast after surgery.

Today, patients can be up and walking just three weeks after their operation.





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