Surgeons have been correcting severe scoliosis for
but patients still showed signs of the condition even
But one doctor has come up with a way to address that
side effect .
without adding time or cost.
Martie Salt has more.
IT'S FAMILY NIGHT OUT FOR AUDREY BEAMAN.
SHE CAN SIT OR STAND WITHOUT DISCOMFORT, AFTER SCOLIOSIS
SURGERY TO CORRECT A 62-PERCENT CURVATURE.
There was a lot of other stuff going on at that point,
but having feeling that immediate release was everything.
It was amazing.
AUDREY WANTED A STRAIGHT SPINE, BUT NOT THE RIB HUMP,
THE BULGE THAT OFTEN REMAINS AFTER SURGERY.
I could see it in all the pictures we would take and
I just felt like I was so different.
It's not just curved in this direction, but it's also
rotated, and that rotation is what causes the rib
DOCTOR ROBERT ROVNER ROWV-ner DEVISED A WAY TO FIX
HE PUTS TWO SCREWS IN EACH VERTEBRAE AND USING EXTENSIONS
LIKE THESE, STRAIGHTENS EACH BONE INTO NEUTRAL UNTIL
THE WHOLE SPINE IS ALIGNED AND DE-ROTATED,THEN SECURES
IT ALL WITH RODS.
HERE'S HOW IT LOOKS IN AUDREY.
If you're going to go through this operation, you'd
like to at least fix the cosmetic part of it as well,
and that's never been ignored, but has never been
allowed to be addressed as well as we can right now.
I stand differently, I walk differently, and just
seeing the way it looks makes a huge difference.
I'M MARTIE SALT, REPORTING.