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Jun 15, 2021 / Scoliosis & Spine

Scoliosis Awareness Month: Surgery for Scoliosis

At Scottish Rite for Children, our experts care for the common to the most complex of scoliosis curves. There are several factors that are considered to determine the best form of treatment for each child. Our multidisciplinary team evaluates every patient to make sure they receive effective and safe care.

In some cases, spinal fusion surgery with instrumentation is the appropriate option for a child to treat scoliosis. Our experts recommend surgery when the curve of the spine is at a degree where all other forms of treatment will no longer help. We are committed to working with each patient and their family to make the decision on whether or not surgery is right for them.

Goals of Surgery
  • Stop the curve from progressing.
  • Straighten the curve.
  • Decrease some of the rib prominence.
Keep these things in mind before surgery:
  • It is important to stay healthy and active before surgery.
  • A couple of weeks prior to your surgery, it is a good idea to try and stay away from people who have been sick.
  • Eat well and get plenty of rest.
Day of admission before surgery:
The day of admission before surgery can be a long day because of the various people and departments your child will need to visit to help prepare for surgery. Below is an example of some of the departments and people you may meet with:
  • Radiology (X-ray)
  • Research coordinator
    • They will speak to you about your interest in enrolling in one of our research studies.
  • Family Service counselor
  • Admissions office
  • Lab 
  • Media Services
    • Photos of your child’s back will be taken to see “before” surgery vs. “after” surgery.
  • Doctor and clinic nurse
  • Pharmacist
  • Surgery nurse
  • Inpatient Nursing unit
    • You and your child will meet with the nurse, dietician, respiratory therapist, child life specialist and occupational therapist. 
Things to keep in mind after surgery:
  • After surgery, you will have scheduled follow up appointments with your clinic team to talk about restrictions and when you can return to normal activities. 
  • Your clinic and inpatient team will review how to care for your incision and take your pain medication. 
Your clinic team is here to support you with any questions or concerns you may have. 

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