What is spinal instrumentation?
Spinal instrumentation involves the use of physical structures, including metal cages, rods, screws, plates and other devices, to mechanically straighten and support the spine. Spinal instrumentation may be used to realign the spine in the case of scoliosis, to help distribute weight around weak areas of the spine, or to support sections of the spine following spinal fusion surgery.
When is spinal instrumentation performed?
The goal of spinal instrumentation is to reduce or eliminate pain associated with degenerative disc disease, spinal fractures and other conditions, and/or to correct misalignments of the spine due to injury, scoliosis or surgical interventions designed to address other issues. In many cases, these surgeries can be accomplished using a minimally invasive approach.