Leatherman Spine, Scoliosis

Over 300 robotic-assisted spine surgeries in Louisville performed with the Mazor X

Norton Healthcare has completed its 340th spinal fusion surgery using the Mazor X robotic-assisted surgical system. Robotic-assisted technology can help reduce pain and make recovery time shorter following spine surgery. The purchase of the system was made possible in 2018 with funding from Norton Healthcare and the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation. The move came after a…

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Leatherman Spine, Scoliosis, Spine

What adults with degenerative scoliosis and other deformities can expect from surgery

Scoliosis surgery for adults whose degenerating spine leads to a curve to the side or kyphosis (a curve that pitches the body forward) tends to be more effective for many patients than nonsurgical treatments. But surgery is a big undertaking with risks, rewards and lots of questions. Spinal deformity surgery in adults is particularly complicated….

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Leatherman Spine, Scoliosis, Spine, Telehealth

Telehealth and ‘virtual hospital’ allow some spine surgery patients to go home sooner

A combination of telehealth and remote monitoring is allowing some patients to go home sooner after significant spinal surgery, according to the medical director of Norton Leatherman Spine. Norton Telehealth and ‘virtual hospital’ innovations accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic so patients can get care while practicing social distancing. The shift prompted Steven D. Glassman, M.D.,…

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Norton Leatherman Spine surgeon pioneers minimally invasive lumbar fusion

Jeffrey L. Gum, M.D., spine surgeon with Norton Leatherman Spine, has pioneered a new, minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery that shortens operations and cuts down on recovery time. His work has attracted attention around the world. “It’s a home run,” Dr. Gum said. Dr. Gum primarily uses the technique on patients experiencing degeneration in the lower,…

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Leatherman Spine, Orthopedics, Scoliosis, Spine

The Schroth method: Noninvasive treatment for scoliosis gaining popularity in the US

Scoliosis affects about 7 million people in the U.S. People with scoliosis have an abnormal curve in their spine, which can vary in severity. For those who need treatment, options range from physical therapy, such as the Schroth method, to bracing and spine surgery. The Schroth method for nonsurgical scoliosis treatment  The Schroth method is…

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Leatherman Spine, Scoliosis, Spine

Spine problems treated with Norton Leatherman Spine’s nonsurgical expertise

Norton Leatherman Spine is known around the world for taking care of complex spinal issues, such as scoliosis in children and adults. Its specialists also treat much more common conditions like degenerative spine problems. Such degenerative conditions can cause back pain and imbalance due to the loss of structure and function of the spine over…

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Leatherman Spine, News, Scoliosis, Spine

What is scoliosis in adults?

You’ve probably heard about scoliosis in kids, but did you know adults can have it too? Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine develops a curvature. In adults, sometimes that curvature develops in childhood but doesn’t cause issues until adulthood, and sometimes the curvature develops later in life. Steven Glassman, M.D., orthopedic spine specialist with Norton…

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Leatherman Spine, News, Scoliosis, Spine

Doctors seeing increase in severe scoliosis cases

Twelve-year-old Aubrey Hinkle’s scoliosis diagnosis came after her poor posture caught her stepfather’s eye. “He asked her to stand straight and she said she was standing straight,” said Aubrey’s mother, Nicole Sewell. No matter how hard Aubrey tried to stand straight, her back was lopsided. “I pulled up her shirt and knew exactly what it…

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Leatherman Spine, News, Scoliosis, Spine

Two years after life-changing scoliosis surgery, teen athlete helps kids

Just months ago, 13-year-old Reagan Herndon made the Butler Traditional High School junior varsity girls softball team — a feat that brings her one step closer to her dream of playing softball for Western Kentucky University. But it didn’t come without struggles. Years earlier, Reagan feared scoliosis would mean she’d have to say goodbye to…

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Advances in scoliosis care help children and adults

Scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, affects an estimated 7 million people in the United States, according to the National Scoliosis Foundation. Scoliosis may occur in children who have congenital or neuromuscular disorders but most often occurs in healthy children with no known cause. While most cases of scoliosis are diagnosed between age 10…

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Leatherman Spine, News, Scoliosis, Spine

Norton Healthcare now has Mazor X robot for spine surgery

Norton Healthcare now has the Mazor X robotic surgical system — technology that can help reduce pain and make recovery time shorter following spine surgery. The purchase of the system was made possible with funding from Norton Healthcare and the Children’s Hospital Foundation. The move comes after a successful trial with the robotic technology, led by…

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