Scoliosis

Scoliosis is mostly a problem in children and adolescents. This age group the curvature of scoliosis can be progressive and gradually deteriorate if left untreated.

Most noticable effect of scoliosis is that as it progresses there is a visible change in the shape of the torso.  This can result in severe changes in the position and shape of the spine, pelvis and ribs.

Fortunately, when this condition is managed by experts who see large numbers of cases of scoliosis treatments can be carried out that can greatly improve the curvature and appearance. As scoliosis is a complex and relatively rare condition it is best treated in centres see large numbers of cases. Our three scoliosis specialists treat very significant numbers of patients every year and are experienced in both nonoperative and operative treatments.

Some patients it is best to manage scoliosis with physiotherapy possibly with the addition of bracing. The more significant cases of scoliosis surgery may be required. Experienced experts can predict which curves are likely to deteriorate and require surgery. This means that they can intervene early before the curve has progressed too seriously.

Our scoliosis surgeons have experience in some of the most advanced techniques on earth including vertebral body tethering (VBT). This minimally invasive technique takes advantage of the fact that the spine usually has plenty of growth left in it and the beauty of this technique is that the surgery is done in such a way that it allows the spine to grow out straight. Even though not every case is suitable for VBT the minimally invasive techniques that have been learned from this procedure are now being applied by our experts to make more traditional surgery more minimalist than it was in the past.

If you want to learn more about how you can get a straight spine please don’t hesitate to contact us. You may want to look at the video of one of our clinical directors discussing a new service for patients with scoliosis. We’ve launched a video based on initial consultation this means we can offer . Appointments can be made very rapidly. You will not need to take time off work. Children will not need to take time off school. You will be able to get answers to questions very quickly and few to rapidly had a plan on how to help successfully treat your, or your child’s scoliosis

We have a video of our spine team and clinical director discussing the plan of  our Initial Scoliosis Consultation. If you would like a initial consultation to discuss either your child scoliosis please get in touch to discover how to book your fixed-price first consultation.

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Meet the Spine Group

At Wimbledon Clinics we have a dedicated, expert Spine Group consisting of a team of clinical surgeons that specialise in specific areas, as well as non-operative specialists, physiotherapists, pain specialists, psychologists and orthotists.

We focus on what the patient wants to achieve, aiming to avoid surgery where possible by exploring non-operative treatments first, enabling patients to get back to what they enjoy doing the most.

We are constantly developing our treatment methods, using the latest spinal surgical techniques and technology to ensure you are given the best medical care available, in the safest and most efficient way. 

Our Spine Group includes:

JASON BERNARD

Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon 

Treats a wide range of spinal diseases and back injuries – from simple disc problems to complex cancer and scoliosis surgeries. Has extensive expertise in the revolutionary scoliosis treatment, Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT).

Specialist in: fractures, paediatric spine deformity and  scoliosis, and myeloma.

TIM BISHOP

Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon

Practice includes all aspects of spinal surgery, including surgery for cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral pathology. Also highly skilled in performing complex spinal trauma and tumour stabilisation.

Specialist in: adult and paediatric spine deformity and scoliosis, metastatic spine cancer and revision spine surgery.

MATTHEW CROCKER

Consultant Neurosurgeon

Treats complex spinal issues, and has expertise in using metal work to stabilise the spine as well as injuries, fractures and vascular neurosurgery. In addition, he has a wealth of experience treating cancer that has spread to the spine.

Specialist in: metastatic spine cancer, minimally invasive spine surgery and intradural spine surgery.

DARREN F. LUI

Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon

Specialises in complex spinal surgery including failed back syndrome, scoliosis and kyphosis surgery. Treats spinal tumours, metastases of the spine and offers balloon kyphoplasty. Experienced in minimally invasive surgery.

Specialist in: complex adult spine deformity and scoliosis, minimally invasive anterior spinal surgery, revision surgery and myeloma.