There’s a new procedure of closing incisions in patients that after spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis approximately eliminated infections following the procedure in a test group, researchers reported in a new study. Scoliosis is an ailment that causes a c- or s-shaped curve in the spine. It is often treated with spinal fusion surgery that consist of fusing steel rods or other devices to straighten and support the spine.
This new technique involves using a flap of skin by assisting doctors to eliminate dead space around the surgical work where infection can grow and be responsible for a better barrier while the body is healing. During the test researchers compared records of 76 patients who were between the ages of 8 and 25 and had scoliosis surgery.
All of the patients had non-idiopathic scoliosis, a type caused by an underlying disease or condition and is often more susceptible to infection. Of the 42 patients who had the conventional procedure, 19 percent had some type of wound problem which is about the number normally expected with this surgery, researchers said. In the group who had the new method on the other hand, there were no complications or infections.
Detailed story at http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2015/08/20/New-incision-closure-eliminates-infection-after-scoliosis-surgery/3351440104883/