The first 17 adults with nonparalytic scoliosis having long fusion to the sacrum treated with the Luque-Galveston technique were reviewed. There were 3 men and 14 women. Their average age at the time of surgery was 47 years and the mean follow-up period was 42 months. There were no neurologic complications and no patient developed significant loss of lumbar lordosis. Fusion occurred in 88% of patients. Two patients developed pseudarthrosis, neither of whom had anterior fusion at the level of pseudarthrosis. The best results occurred in patients who had two-stage procedures, with initial anterior lumbar fusion to the sacrum without instrumentation followed by posterior segmental instrumentation with the Galveston technique of fixation to the pelvis.
- Adult scoliosis
- Luque-Galveston technique