Spinal fusion volume
Why we measure it - Research shows that physicians and hospitals that treat a large number of patients tend to provide better care and have improved outcomes for treatments and procedures.
What this means - Techniques are continuing to change so it is anticipated these volumes will also change over time.
About the data - These data represent the number of spinal fusions performed from 2008-2011.
Related dimensions of care:
- The VEPTR (Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib) is an important tool in treating young children with complex scoliosis. Infants born with Congenital Scoliosis may have ribs that are fused together or missing, which does not allow enough space for the lungs to develop. The VEPTR device straightens the child's spine and can address the rib problem to allow the lungs to develop properly. The device allows for expansion and therefore generally every 6 months the VEPTR device is lengthened to keep up with spinal and rib growth. The VEPTR also has been very helpful in improving the sitting capabilities of patients with severe Neuromuscular Scoliosis with collapsing spine deformities.
- In infants, certain curves can be corrected or eliminated by the application of progressive casts in a specific pattern to Elongate-Derotate-Flex the spine (EDF CAST). Many forms of infantile scoliosis can be corrected completely, or brought to a more manageable state so that any type of surgical intervention will be at a much later date. It is important to correct the curves early, before significant deformity has occurred. This process can potentially eliminate the presence of scoliosis as the child becomes older.
- Our scoliosis clinic has a dedicated spine team that coordinate patient care between surgeons, anesthesiologists and allied health personnel that has resulted in better patient care with significant decrease in blood loss.
- Children's Hospital uses the O-arm imaging system which is available at only a few centers around the country. This technology provides real-time images during surgery to ensure the accurate precision of the surgical procedures performed before the patient leaves the operating room.