Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Scoliosis Surgery: Posterior Approach
The posterior approach for
scoliosis surgery is done from the back of the body.
It involves making a long, straight incision into the back and moving aside the
back muscles to reveal the spine.
Rods, wires, hooks, or screws are attached to the spine in various
ways. The spine is repositioned and held in place with these mechanisms while
the new bone surface fuses. Bone grafts, often taken from the person's pelvic
bone or ribs, are put in place to help the spinal bones fuse together in a
permanent position over time.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerRobert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
Current as ofMay 22, 2015
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
I Want To...
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.