Category: orthopedic surgeon

Starla M | Early Onset Scoliosis

Posted on March 23, 2018

Starla M first came to our office at the age of 5 as a second opinion for Early Onset Scoliosis. Starla’s aunt first noted asymmetries. Upon X-Ray, Starla had severe thoracic and lumbar curves of 55 and 47 degrees.  With ... Read More

Finlay K | Scoliosis Down Syndrome

Posted on March 23, 2018

Finlay was 13 years old when he first came to our office by recommendation of his pediatrician.   Finlay’s scoliosis presents in the setting of Down’s Syndrome and renal disease. Finlay’s curves measured 37, 53, and 55 degrees.  We discussed the ... Read More

Justin I. | Scoliosis Case with Tethered Cord

Posted on February 28, 2018

Justin is an 8-year-old boy who presented to our office as a third opinion for scoliosis. Justin’s x-rays showed a curve measuring 21 degrees. With much discussion about the process and commitment required for bracing, we decided to continue monitoring ... Read More

Andrew C | Scoliosis Case

Posted on February 05, 2018

Andrew was 13 when he first presented to our office. He has a positive family history of scoliosis with his older brother having a spinal fusion. I had a discussion with Andrew and his parents about non operative treatment of ... Read More

Natale B. | Scoliosis Case

Posted on June 23, 2016

Natalie was first diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 3 years old. Initially, her curve was small and was treated conservatively. However, when she went for her regular visit at age 7 her curve had suddenly jumped from 27 degrees to 63 degrees and she was referred to Dr. Vitale for further management. Read More

Ismaeel | Complex Scoliosis Patient

Posted on June 23, 2016

Ismaeel is a 6-year-old boy who has been seeing Dr. Vitale since he was 5 months old for several orthopedic concerns. He and his 10-year-old brother Yaseen were born with a rare disorder that causes multiple skeletal abnormalities such as ... Read More

Hagar M. | Pediatric Scoliosis

Posted on June 09, 2016

Hagar is a 16 year old young woman who was born with several problems with her heart and esophagus that required multiple major surgeries within the first few years of her life. As a result of these thoracic surgeries, Hagar had developed scoliosis by the time she was 2 years old. Initially she was managed with a back brace but when she was 8 years old her curve progressed to 65 degrees and she was beginning to develop restrictive lung disease. At that point, Dr. Vitale recommended a VEPTR growing rod construct to control her curve while she grew. Read More