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Treatments for Scoliosis


What are the suggested treatments for scoliosis?

Monitoring
Some curves of the spine are mild and do not require treatment, but do need to be monitored periodically by examination and X-rays to ensure they don't worsen.

Non-operative (brace or wheelchairs)
We measure the spinal curves in degrees. If a curve is fairly large (between 20 degrees and 40 degrees) and a child is still growing, a brace may be recommended to keep the curve from getting any worse. Any brace must be checked regularly to make sure the fit is as snug and comfortable as possible. A custom wheelchair may be suggested to help improve the sitting posture of children with neuromuscular scoliosis.

Operative (surgery)
Scoliosis surgery is one of the most extensive and complex orthopedic surgical procedures performed on children. However, recent advancements have improved the success and safety of these surgical procedures. Additionally, new surgical technology has eliminated the need for braces after surgery. The operation takes approximately four to six hours. Hospitalization can last several (usually around six) days and activities are restricted for several months.

Spinal Fusion Postsurgical Instructions

Lead by Medical Director. Dr. Siambanes, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Scoliosis Center can help with scoliosis detection. Call us at (813) 554-8983 to make an appointment or discuss concerns you may have regarding your child's spine.



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