Scoliosis is a defect in one's spine that has no known cause. It is common among children but can also occur in older individuals. It is a disorder where the spine bends abnormally and often takes a C or S shape. In children, the scoliosis will normally resolve itself over time or can be corrected by use of a back brace depending on the severity of the condition.
If left untreated for a long period, scoliosis can cause serious damage to the spine, heart, lung or the pelvis. As a first step to deciding the best treatment option, the doctor will take an x-ray of the spine. The x-ray will show the severity of the curve and where it occurs within the spine. The treatment option that the doctor recommends is largely dependent on the age of the patient, the degree and pattern of the curve and the type of scoliosis. Available treatment options include observation, bracing and surgery. In this article we shall focus on scoliosis surgery and more specifically scoliosis surgery cost.
Studies have shown that scoliosis surgery cost varies by region. According to researchers as West Virginia University,the average cost of scoliosis fusion is $113,000. The study was conducted in different cities in the US. Their research also revealed that cost of surgery and technique used did not vary as a result of the age of the patient. However, older patients were found to require more complex procedure to cure the disorder and a longer post operation stay in the hospital. The scoliosis surgery cost will also vary based on how many levels of vertebrae are fused during the procedure.
Generally, the following factors will have a direct impact on how much you will spend on your scoliosis surgery:
It is a good idea to conduct ample research in order to have a general idea of what your spinal fusion will cost before undertaking your surgery so as to avoid surprises while in recovery.