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СколиозScoliosis is a curving of the spine. In case of a rapid progression it leads to deformation of the rib cage, decrease in the vital lung capacity (cardiopulmonary insufficiency) and multiple disorders of other systems and organs.

According to various data, the Russian average rate of incidence of scoliosis among children ranges from 8–15%. In early stages of scoliosis progression conservative treatment methods are used (gymnastics, corsets etc.) Surgery is indicated depending on the degree of curving and the speed of progression.

Scoliosis may be divided into two large groups: congenital (both congenital and dysplastic are included in this group) and acquired (which arise as a complication of other diseases, for example, rickets, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, trauma, long term incorrect spine position etc.). Idiopathic scoliosis (i.e. those arising due to unknown causes) comprise a large group and usually develop during a period of intense growth. However, recently scientists have discovered a gene responsible for the development of this type of scoliosis.

The nature of surgical treatment consists in correction and fixation of deformities to the maximum possible extent with the use of various metal structures (implants). The removal of the fixating structure is conducted only if complications arise during the post-surgery period. At present, dynamic structures which allow the spine to grow and do not require additional surgeries or delays in surgical treatment until the cessation of bone growth have been developed.

The cost of structure ranges from 200,000 to 800,000 rubles depending on the manufacturer and the nature/extent of the deformity.

We currently provide assistance with purchasing necessary materials for correction of craniostenosis for children with congenital and idiopathic scoliosis who are being treated at the N. N. Priorov Central Institute for Trauma and Orthopedics (Moscow), N. V. Solovyev Clinical Emergency Medicine Hospital (Yaroslavl), Pediatric Regional Clinical Hospital (Krasnodar); negotiations with hospitals in Saint-Petersburg and Penza are underway.

Faina Zakharova

“Every day we receive letters where mothers and fathers tell us about the lives of their children after surgery. You could make a book out of those stories. In a sense it could be called a textbook, a short guide for those who want to be happy. In it children show how to get into things, enjoy, exhibit magnanimity and gratitude, how to be strong and what is more, how to be children. For children are the happiest people in the word. It is only necessary to ensure that they are healthy”.