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Latest News at Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center - Austin, Texas
Leslie travels out of state to Dr. Geck for successful scoliosis revision surgery
Leslie was diagnosed with scoliosis as a teenager that was treated first by bracing and then scoliosis surgery with Harrington Rods. Years later she developed Flatback Syndrome.
After two additional surgeries that failed to relieve her condition, Leslie sought a scoliosis surgery revision specialist. She soon learned that in order to find an expert scoliosis surgeon, she must be willing to travel. Leslie traveled out of state to see Dr. Matthew Geck, a Fellowship-Trained Spine and Scoliosis Surgeon. This video details Leslie's journey.
Dr. Geck featured on KLBJ News Radio: Austin spine and scoliosis surgeon sheds light on scoliosis, in kids and adults
Dr. Geck says scoliosis can cause problems with the lungs and other organs. He says if left untreated, older adults can experience additional symptoms, "...degeneration of the spine, thin bone in older ladies, osteoporosis, and those can cause these curves that have been stable for years to start to progress, so more deformity, more pain."
"We are happy to announce that our first US Hub Program patient is officially on their way to Austin to have surgery at Dell Children's Hospital with SpineHope’s Medical Director & President, Dr. Matthew Geck.
Traveling all the way from Guatemala our 14-year-old patient Arleth and her mother are anxious to finally get the surgical care they've needed for years. Born with a congenital scoliosis, Arleth’s deformity has been the cause of much worry, discomfort and a diminished quality of life.
Though local doctors have been unable to treat her progressive case, it is through SpineHope’s US Hub Program that Arleth will receive appropriate care.
SpineHope is truly indebted for all of the generosity and hard work of all parties involved, which include: American Airlines (their Miles For Kids program), the Austin Ronald McDonald House, Medtronic, Biotronic, Dr. Elena Ruiz (with Bee Caves Pediatrics) and most significantly Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas for making this charity case possible!
Stay tuned for updates on Arleth's visit to Austin and her surgery planned for later this month."
SpineHope will be traveling on a mission trip to San Jose, Costa Rica in February 2014
Dr. Matthew Geck and a team of spine specialists on behalf of SpineHope will be traveling to San Jose, Costa Rica on Feb 21st, 2014. The goal of SpineHope is to provide state-of-the-art treatment to children who otherwise may not receive modern treatments for their complex spinal problems.
In order to provide sustainable local care to these children, the SpineHope medical team is equally dedicated to teaching local physicians and staff to provide these treatments themselves. Working together with local physicians, we can correct spinal deformities, remove pain, and often prevent paralysis and extend life.
Dr. Geck on KVUE Austin: "Austin spine surgeon, helps give scoliosis patients their active lives back"
Watch video above to see how Dr. Geck of Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center helped Taylor recover from her spinal curve with minimally invasive scoliosis surgery. "It would get serious enough for me to fall to the ground," says Taylor. After minimally invasive scoliosis surgery to correct her spinal curve, Taylor is back on the Varsity Cheer team and recently competed in the Miss Texas Teen USA Pageant. News story feature by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News and photojournalist Michael Moore.
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Dr. Matthew Geck discusses benefits of Vertebral Body Stapling on KLBJ in Austin, Texas
Dr. Geck has been using the minimally invasive procedure known as Vertebral Body Stapling for the treatment of spinal curvatures (scoliosis) for the past 2 1/2 years in the Austin region. The treatment is best suited for patients 9-13 years old with spinal curvatures of 25 to 35 degrees. Using a very small incision, a memory medal is placed in the spine which can help straighten the spine while retaining normal motion. The treatment has high success rates, with about 80% of patients seeing either stabilized or improved results after 2 years. Click here to listen to Dr. Geck talk with Perry Watson of KLBJ.
This media clip used courtesy of Radio Station, 590KLBJ, in Austin,Texas.
Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Matthew Geck of the Seton Spine and Scoliosis Center
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Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center named as one of "55 Spine Surgery Practices to Know" by Becker's Spine Review
There are four spine surgeons and two nonsurgical care physicians practicing at Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center. The surgeons perform minimally invasive spine surgery, artificial disc replacement and surgical correction of scoliosis. Click here to read more.
Dr. Matthew Geck member of Cervical Spine Research Society
Dr. Matthew Geck is only the third surgeon in central Texas to be accepted into the Cervical Spine Research Society. He was accepted into the society in February of 2012.
The Cervical Spine Research Society is a multidisciplinary organization that provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and promotes clinical and basic science research of the cervical spine. The organization values collegial interaction and strong scientific principles.
Summer Back Problems
Click here to watch the youtube video of Eeric Truumees, M.D. talk about summer back injuries on KXAN.
For many Central Texans, warm weather means an opportunity to become more physically active. But before you grab that golf bag, tennis racket or softball bat, or hit the hike-and-bike trail, an Austin doctor says there are some things you should know to prevent being sidelined with one of the more common injuries. KLBJ's Perry Watson has more in this week's Medical Update.
“Vertebral body stapling is a new minimally invasive procedure for patients with early onset scoliosis. The surgeon at Seton Spine and Scoliosis Center apply metal staples to the front side of the spine between two vertebrae, which compress the growth plates and slow the growth of that side of the spine, allowing the scoliosis to correct themselves naturally, similar to orthodontic braces for teeth,” explains Dr. Matthew Geck, scoliosis surgeon. READ MORE by downloading the PDF from the Hays Free Press.
Reprinted by permission by Hays Free Press.
Dr. Matthew Geck shares educational videos and information on spine and scoliosis procedures
Click here to watch videos featuring the latest spine surgery and scoliosis surgery techniques and innovations. Videos include Dr. Matthew Geck featured on Austin, Texas news stations. Also view patient educational videos of spine and scoliosis procedures including: "Rod Capture like Sideloading Screws", DLIF procedure, TLIF procedure, XLIF procedure, Scoliosis Care, Patient Success Stories, Minimally Invasive Scoliosis Surgery and more.
Seton Spine and Scoliosis Center - Central Texas, Austin
Click here or select the image to the left and learn more about the multidisciplinary spine team at Seton Spine and Scoliosis Center. The center that combines the expertise of a physical medicine MD, Dr. Lee Moroz, who specializes in non-surgical treatment options and two fellowship-trained spine surgeons, Dr. John Stoke and Dr. Matthew Geck. Listen also as patients of Seton Spine & Scoliosis share their experiences.
New spinal surgery taps into Central Texas
Procedure relieves spinal pressure
Click here or select the image to the left to view a story featuring Dr. John Stokes at Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center. This story was featured on Austin News KXAN on February 15, 2010.
Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center offers treatment
- New clinic alleviates spine curvature problems
Click here or select the image to the left to view a story featuring Dr. Matthew Geck at Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center. This story was featured on Austin News KXAN on February 7, 2010.
Columbian kids stand tall, thanks to surgeon
Click here or select the image to the left to view a story featuring Dr. Matt Geck at Seton Spine & Scoliosis Center.
Dr. Matthew Geck Radio Feature
An Austin doctor says a medical condition that often begins during the teenage years could spell big problems for adults, especially if left untreated. KLBJ's Perry Watson tells us more about this disease in a Medical Update.Click here to listen to this medical update story.
This media clip used courtesy of Radio Station, 590KLBJ, in Austin,Texas.
Comparison of Surgical Treatment in Lenke 5C Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Anterior Dual Rod Versus Posterior Pedicle Fixation Surgery: A Comparison of Two Practices
Geck, Matthew J. MD; Rinella, Anthony MD; Hawthorne, Dana PA; Macagno, Angel MD; Koester, Linda BS; Sides, Brenda MA; Bridwell, Keith MD; Lenke, Lawrence MD; Shufflebarger, Harry MD
Study Design. Multicenter analysis of 2 groups of patients surgically treated for Lenke 5C adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).
Objective. Compare patients with Lenke 5C scoliosis surgically treated with anterior spinal fusion with dual rod instrumentation and anterior column support with patients surgically treated with posterior release and pedicle screw instrumentation.
Summary of Background Data. Treatment of single, structural, lumbar, and thoracolumbar curves in patients with AIS has been the subject of some debate. Advocates of the anterior approach assert that their technique spares posterior musculature and may save distal fusion levels, and that with dual rods and anterior column support the issues with nonunion and kyphosis have been obviated. Advocates of the posterior approach assert that with the change to posterior pedicle screw based instrumentation that correction and levels are equivalent, and the posterior approach avoids the issues with nonunion and kyphosis. This report directly compares the results of posterior versus anterior instrumented fusions in the operative treatment of adolescent idiopathic Lenke 5C curves.
Methods. We analyzed 62 patients with Lenke 5C based on radiographic and clinical data at 2 institutions: 31 patients treated with posterior, pedicle-screw instrumented fusions at 1 institution (group PSF); and 31 patients with anterior, dual-rod instrumented fusions at another institution (group ASF). Multiple clinical and radiographic parameters were evaluated and compared.
Results. The mean age, preoperative major curve magnitude, and preoperative lowest instrumented vertebral (LIV) tilt were similar in both groups (age: PSF = 15.5 years, ASF = 15.6 years; curve size: PSF = 50.3° ± 7.0°, ASF = 49.0° ± 6.6°; LIV tilt: PSF = 27.5° ± 6.5°, ASF = 27.8° ± 6.2°). After surgery, the major curve corrected to an average of 6.3° ± 3.2° (87.6% ± 5.8%) in the PSF group, compared with 12.1° ± 7.4° (75.7% ± 14.8%) in the ASF group (P < 0.01). At final follow-up, the major curve measured 8.0° ± 3.0° (84.2% ± 5.8% correction) in the PSF group, compared with 15.9° ± 9.0° (66.6% ± 17.9%) in the ASF group (P = 0.01). This represented a loss of correction of 1.7° ± 1.9° (3.4% ± 3.7%) in the PSF group, and 3.8° ± 4.2° (9.4% ± 10.7%) in the ASF group (P = 0.028). The LIV tilt decreased to 4.1° ± 3.4° after surgery in the PSF group, and 4.5° ± 3.7° in the ASF group. At final follow-up, the LIV tilt was 5.1° ± 3.5° in the PSF group, and 4.5° ± 3.7° in the ASF group. EBL was identical in both groups, and length of hospital stay was significantly (P < 0.01) shorter in the PSF group (4.8 vs. 6.1 days). There were no complications in either group which extended hospital stay or required an unplanned second surgery.
Conclusion. At a minimum of 2-year follow-up, adolescents with Lenke 5C curves demonstrated statistically significantly better curve correction, less loss of correction over time, and shorter hospital stays when treated with a posterior release with pedicle screw instrumented fusion compared with an anterior instrumented fusion with dual rods for similar patient populations.
Assessment of Cervical Ligamentous Injury in Trauma Patients Using MRI
Geck, Matthew J.; Yoo, Stephen; Wang, Jeffrey C.
During a 7-year period, a consecutive retrospective series of 89 trauma patients at a Level One trauma center who had negative standard radiographs with suspected occult cervical injury were administered a cervical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. The MRI studies were fully able to assess the ligamentous status of the cervical spine in all patients and were the final step in determining the treatment of the spine. Of the total 89 patients, 82 had no ligamentous injury, and 7 had ligamentous injury. Two patients underwent surgery because of the findings on the MRI study. MRI studies of patients with negative standard radiographs but with suspected occult cervical injury are excellent and safe studies for the evaluation of cervical spinal stability because of their ability to detect ligamentous injuries that are not evident on plain radiographs.
The Ponte Procedure: Posterior Only Treatment of Scheuermann's Kyphosis Using Segmental Posterior Shortening and Pedicle Screw Instrumentation
Geck, Matthew J. MD; Macagno, Angel MD; Ponte, Alberto MD; Shufflebarger, Harry L. MD
Study Design: Case series.
Objective: To examine a consecutive series of surgically treated Scheuermann kyphosis that had a posterior only procedure with segmental pedicle screw fixation and segmental Ponte osteotomies.
Summary of Background Data: The gold standard for surgical treatment of Scheuermann kyphosis (a rigid kyphosis associated with wedged vertebral bodies occurring in late childhood or adolescence) has been combined anterior and posterior approach surgery. Alberto Ponte has advocated a posterior-only procedure with posterior column shortening via segmental osteotomies, but his procedure has not been widely accepted owing to concerns that without anterior column support there would be a risk of correction loss and/or instrumentation failure. With the advent of improved spinal instrumentation and fixation with thoracic pedicle screws, the Ponte procedure may offer an advantage over anterior/posterior reconstruction.
Methods: The study prospectively enrolled 17 consecutive patients with Scheuermann kyphosis who were treated with the Ponte procedure by the senior surgeon at one institution. Standardized radiographic analysis was performed and included full-length coronal and sagittal radiographs preoperatively, postoperatively, and at final follow-up. Analysis also included the correction obtained through the most severe, wedged segments of the deformity by the osteotomies.
Results: Seventeen patients had the Ponte procedure satisfactorily performed. No patient needed an anterior approach to achieve sufficient correction or fusion. There were no reoperations for nonunion or instrumentation failure. Correction of the instrumented levels was 61% and of worst Cobb was mean 49%. The apex of the deformity was measured over the most deformed 3 to 7 wedged segments. The average correction across the apex was 9.3 degrees per osteotomy (range 5.9 to 15). No patient lost more than 4 degrees of correction through their instrumented and fused levels. There were no neurologic complications. There was one late infection with a solid fusion treated with instrumentation removal and intravenous antibiotics.
Conclusions: Using thoracic pedicle screw instrumentation as the primary anchor, the Ponte procedure was successfully performed in 17 consecutive patients for Scheuermann kyphosis with no exclusions for the size or rigidity of the kyphosis. Results were as good as anterior/posterior historical controls with excellent correction and minimal loss of correction at final follow-up. This procedure avoids the morbidity and extended operative time attributed to the anterior approach.
Level of Evidence: Therapeutic study, level IV [case series (no, or historical, control group)].