Daniel J. Sucato

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STUDY DESIGN Prospective, sequential enrollment. OBJECTIVE We report the development and testing of the Spinal Appearance Questionnaire (SAQ) for reliability, validity, and responsiveness in patients with idiopathic scoliosis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA The SAQ was designed to measure patients' and their parents' perception of their spinal deformity's(More)
BACKGROUND There is little information documenting the relationship of the aorta to the thoracic scoliotic spine. Recent studies have suggested that the ends of screws placed during an anterior spinal arthrodesis, and pedicle screws used for the treatment of right thoracic scoliosis, may be in proximity to the aorta. The purpose of this study was to analyze(More)
OBJECTIVES This study evaluates the Walter Reed Visual Assessment Scale (WRVAS) compared with clinical parameters and written descriptions of the deformity from idiopathic scoliosis patients and their parents. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA The WRVAS demonstrates seven visible aspects of spinal deformity in an analogue scale. Higher scores reflect worsening(More)
BACKGROUND The Bernese (Ganz) periacetabular osteotomy is an effective surgical procedure to reorient the acetabulum, allowing restoration of anatomic femoral head coverage and medial translation of the hip in adults with hip dysplasia. However, it is a challenging surgical procedure, and we know of no study that has specifically analyzed the complications(More)
STUDY DESIGN A multicenter retrospective analysis. OBJECTIVE To evaluate outcomes of closed-suction wound drainage after posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and to identify surgeon patterns of drain use in this cohort. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA There is little evidence on the use of drains in spinal surgery,(More)
STUDY DESIGN Longitudinal cohort. OBJECTIVE To determine the minimum clinically important difference (MCID) of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)-22 Appearance, Activity, and Pain domains in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis undergoing surgical correction of their spinal deformity. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA The MCID, a threshold of(More)
STUDY DESIGN Multicenter analysis of 3 groups of patients who underwent surgical treatment for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). OBJECTIVE.: To evaluate 3 surgical approaches to determine the modality that has the greatest influence on improving thoracic kyphosis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA AIS is characterized by thoracic hypokyphosis which may be(More)
STUDY DESIGN Retrospective multicenter review. OBJECTIVE Determine the definition, indications, results, and outcomes, focusing on complications of vertebral column resection (VCR) for severe pediatric spinal deformity. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA The strict definition of the VCR procedure, indications, results, outcomes, and the numerous, potentially(More)
STUDY DESIGN Clinical study correlating preoperative pulmonary function tests (PFTs) to radiographic measures of thoracic deformity severity in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients. OBJECTIVE To determine (1) the incidence of clinically relevant (<65% predicted value) pulmonary impairment in AIS patients; (2) if patients with more severe(More)
STUDY DESIGN Cross sectional. OBJECTIVE This study presents the factor analysis of the Spinal Appearance Questionnaire (SAQ) and its psychometric properties. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Although the SAQ has been administered to a large sample of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) treated surgically, its psychometric properties have not(More)