Post-op X-ray: Thoracic Scoliosis Surgery
The patient, a 14-year-old boy underwent spine surgery to treat a severe left-side thoracic idiopathic scoliosis. This post-operative AP x-ray (anteroposterior; front to back) shows how rods and screws (instrumentation) were implanted to treat the first level of the thoracic spine through the second level of the lumbar spine (T1-L2). Before the procedure, the patient's scoliosis measured 123-degrees. The surgical intervention reduced the abnormal curve to 20-degrees. You may notice increased space between the left side of the spine and the rib cage.