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szdaily -> Shenzhen -> 
Surgery straightens spine of teenager with scoliosis
    2018-08-30  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A 14-YEAR-OLD girl recently underwent surgery to correct her S-shaped spine, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

The girl identified as Xiaoqi learned from a doctor that her spine was deformed by 5 to 10 degrees after a physical checkup at school two years ago. She didn’t tell her parents because she did not want to burden her not-so-wealthy family.

In fact, Xiaoqi’s parents did notice that her shoulders were not at the same level when she was in the first grade of primary school, but did not take the problem seriously. Xiaoqi’s parents thought her heavy schoolbag or her incorrect way of walking had made her shoulders uneven.

Xiaoqi began feeling her body lean over to one side and recently felt pain when she was doing sports. Xiaoqi told her parents about the problem and the family took her to the Shenzhen Hospital of Southern Medical University for treatment.

Sang Hongxun, director of the hospital’s orthopedics department, found the girl was suffering from severe scoliosis as her spine was in an S-shape.

According to Sang, Xiaoqi’s scoliosis could become even more severe as she is growing quickly. Sang conducted surgery instead of making her wear a posture brace to correct her spine.

Sang said the surgery requires the surgeons to be extremely cautious about the spinal cord and nerves.

A digital orthopedics technology helped solve problems for the surgery. The medical team used a 3-D printer to make a model of Xiaoqi’s spine, which the doctors used to measure and locate where to insert nails into her spine.

The doctors used another cutting-edge technology for surgical navigation to locate the most accurate locations to insert nails to adjust Xiaoqi’s spine without damaging her spinal cord or nerves.

The five-hour surgery straightened Xiaoqi’s spine. Xiaoqi’s height increased by 3 centimeters after the operation and she was discharged from the hospital a week later. (Zhang Qian)

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