Anterior instrumented fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

Michael Ruf, Jörg Drumm, Dezsö Jeszenszky


Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a complex three-dimensional deformity of the spine consisting of a lateral curvature, apical vertebral rotation, and an impairment of the sagittal profile. Surgical options include anterior and posterior approaches. Anterior instrumented fusion is suitable in Lenke type 1 and 5 curves. It supplies excellent results in coronal plane correction and is superior in the restoration of the sagittal profile and apical derotation. Fusion is shorter compared to posterior correction, and the complication rate is low. Pulmonary function is impaired postoperatively but recovers within a few years.