Spinal Surgery with Achondroplasia
Achondroplasia is a form of dwarfism that occurs in 1 in 15,000 to 40.000 births. All people with achondroplasia have short structure and are commonly referred to as little people. Many health problems are associated with this condition which affects the formation of bone from cartilage. Many little people have spine problems with narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) which can affect the cervical (neck), thoracic, (mid-back) and Lumbar (low back) spine. Little people often will require spine surgery at some time in their lifetime. Surgery involves a laminectomy procedure often combined with spinal fusion.
Dr. Kropf has had years of experience treating Little People, performing hundreds of spine surgeries. He has been involved with the LPA, Little People of America, a great organization which educates, counsels and brings together Little People, their friends and families from all over the world. Dr. Kropf is recognized as the West Coast expert in spine surgery for the Little People around the world.