What is pediatric scoliosis?
Pediatric scoliosis is a condition where the spine of a child or teenager is curved in an abnormal way. The condition is usually diagnosed through a physical examination and X-rays. Surgery is sometimes necessary to correct the curve and prevent it from getting worse as the child grows.
What is scoliosis surgery?
Scoliosis surgery is a complex and delicate procedure performed by experienced surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists. The goal of the surgery is to straighten the spine as much as possible and prevent the curve from getting worse. There are several different types of scoliosis surgery, and the type that is recommended will depend on the severity of the curve, the child’s age, and other factors.
Scoliosis Surgery and Recovery
The most common type of surgery for pediatric scoliosis is called spinal fusion. During spinal fusion, the surgeon will make an incision in the back and remove parts of vertebral bones causing the curve. They will then use metal rods and screws to hold the spine in its corrected position. Over time, the bones will fuse and create a solid bone rod that will help keep the spine straight. Recovery from pediatric scoliosis surgery can take 3-6 months but are typically back to school in four weeks. The child will need to stay in the hospital for 2-3 days after the surgery. No brace is necessary after surgery. Patients are usually off of any medications for two weeks. Physical therapy can also help the child regain strength and flexibility.
Overall, pediatric scoliosis surgery is a serious and complex procedure that requires a team of experienced medical professionals. However, with proper care and rehabilitation, most children are able to return to normal activities and lead healthy lives. It’s important to note that not all cases of scoliosis require surgery. Some curves can be maintained through physical therapy and bracing.
If your child has been diagnosed with scoliosis, schedule an appointment with Dr. Arun Hariharan, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute. Dr. Hariharan is now seeing patients in our office to expand pediatric scoliosis care to the Broward community. To speak to our office about an appointment, please call (954) 567-1332.