What is the role of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis?

Updated: Dec 02, 2020
  • Author: Charles T Mehlman, DO, MPH; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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Since 1993, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has been used in the anterior treatment of pediatric spinal deformity at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. [125] This minimally invasive technique is aimed at decreasing operative morbidity and optimizing patient recovery from surgery. More than 100 of these procedures have been performed at this institution. Initial biomechanical studies in animal models correctly predicted what clinical practice has borne out—that endoscopic anterior release and diskectomy is as effective as the open version of the operation. [126, 110, 127, 128] Endoscopic spinal instrumentation techniques have also been introduced and continue to evolve. [129]

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