Spinal Deformity

Spine Deformity CorrectionThe Neurospinal Disorders Program at UCSF provides expert care for all aspects of spinal deformity, including kyphosis, scoliosis, and spondylolisthesis, which may result in acute or chronic instability, neurological deficit, and pain. Our neurosurgeons place particular emphasis on adequate and thorough neural decompression and protection combined with restoration of normal global and regional spinal balance. State-of-the-art spinal cord monitoring techniques are employed by PhD-level electrophysiologists in the operating rooms to provide the highest levels of patient safety.

Types of spinal deformity include:


• Adult degenerative scoliosis


• Adult idiopathic scoliosis


• Adolescent scoliosis


• Congenital deformities


• Scheurmann's kyphosis


• Severe lordotic deformities


• Severe kyphotic deformities


• Failed-back syndrome


• Flat-back syndrome


• Chin-on-chest kyphotic deformity

• High-grade spondylolisthesis


• Neuromuscular scoliosis


• Ankylosing spondylitis


• Rheumatoid arthritis


Surgical techniques used to restore functional capacity and eliminate pain include pedicle subtraction osteotomies, Smith-Peterson osteotomies, Ponte-type osteotomies, and vertebral column resection.