Does surgery for Scheuermann kyphosis influence sagittal spinopelvic parameters?

Cesare Faldini, Francesco Traina, Fabrizio Perna, Raffaele Borghi, Konstantinos Martikos, Tiziana Greggi

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Purpose: To analyze changes in sagittal spinopelvic parameters (SSPs) after surgical treatment of Scheuermann’s Kyphosis (SK). Methods: We analyzed 20 patients affected by SK and subjected to posterior correction of the kyphosis by facetectomy, Ponte osteotomy, fusion and multilevel instrumentation with pedicle screw system. Four spinal and three pelvic parameters were measured: sagittal vertical axis (SVA), thoracic kyphosis (TK), thoracolumbar kyphosis, lumbar lordosis (LL), pelvic incidence (PI), sacral slope (SS) and pelvic tilt (PT). Analysis of changes in postprocedural SSPs compared to preoperative values was performed. Results: TK passed from 78.6° preoperatively to 45.8° (p = 0.003). LL passed from 74.5° preoperatively to 53.5° (p = 0.01). No significant changes occurred in SVA, SS, PT and PI compared to preoperative values. Conclusion: We confirm the positive effect of surgery by Ponte osteotomy and posterior spinal fusion on TK and LL in patients with SK. In our experience, pelvic parameters did not change after surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)893-897
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Spine Journal
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2015


  • Kyphosis
  • Posterior fusion
  • Sagittal balance
  • Scheuermann
  • Spinopelvic parameters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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